KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Western Carolina freshman Tumi Kúld jumped 34 spots in the individual standings on Monday, carding a team-best 1-under-par round of 71 to sit in an eight-way tie for 22nd after 36 holes at the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah. The Catamounts were eight strokes better as a team in Monday’s second round, climbing one spot into 11th overall at the par-72, 6,911-yard Turtle Point Golf Course, just three strokes behind a three-way tie for eighth in the team standings.
WCU will go head-to-head with two of the three teams just ahead of it in the standings in Radford and Florida Atlantic, with a third that sits just two strokes in arrears in Presbyterian in the final-round pairings. Playing in foursomes, the Catamount scoring five will hit the course beginning at 9 a.m. between the seventh and ninth holes in Tuesday’s shotgun start. Live scoring is available online at GolfStat.com.
Kúld carded three birdies with a pair of bogeys on Monday in shooting 1-under-par 71. The Akureyri, Iceland, native made the turn to the back nine at even-par, responding to a bogey on the par-5 second with a birdie on the par-4 fifth for a second consecutive round. He moved to 2-under-par four holes into the back nine with two more birdies before a bogey on the par-4 15th left him at 71.
After leading the Catamounts in the opening round, senior George Whitbread slid into a tie for 30th with a second-round score of 75 for a two-day total of 149. Freshman Louis Theys advanced 17 spots in the individual standings by dropping four strokes off his first-round score of 77 with a 1-over par 73 on Monday for a 36-hole score of 150. Rounding out WCU’s scoring five is second-year striker Chandler Metz in a tie for 47th at 151, while sophomore Zach Caudill slid to 109th (166) overall.
Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Michael Coe sits in a tie for 47th after shooting 76 on Monday for a two-day total of 151. Coe played the back nine at 1-over-par with a pair of birdies countering a triple-bogey, finishing the round with seven pars, a double-bogey and a bogey.
First-round leader College of Charleston saw both its lead and closest pursuer change on Tuesday as USC Upstate leapt over Memphis into the runner-up spot while also trimming the 44th-ranked Cougars’ lead down to a stroke, 577-to-578. Memphis slipped to third, four strokes off the pace at 581, with Troy (583) and Augusta (585) rounding out the top five.
First-round individual leader Isaiah Jackson of Memphis continues to sit atop the individual leader board, though he has company. Charleston’s Logan Sowell followed up his opening-round score of 69 with a second-day 70 to jump four positions and match Jackson at 5-under-par 139.