Western Carolina men’s golf slipped two positions in the final standings, finishing tied for 13th at the rain-shortened Furman Intercollegiate on Sunday, Mar. 29 from the par 72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club. WCU posted rounds of 303 and 320 to collectively card 623, 28-strokes off the pace.
Senior Andres Cuenca and freshman Martin Summer each finished with two-day totals of 155 to lead the Catamounts individually in a tie for 39th overall. Cuenca carded rounds of 77 and 78 to shoot 155, while Summer posted a low-round of 73 on Saturday before shooting 82 on Sunday to post 155. Cuenca led the tournament with 26 pars through the event which was shortened to two rounds after rain on Saturday, Mar. 28 cancelled the second round.
Senior Dustin Furnari finished tied for 53rd, two strokes behind his teammates with 157, while junior Tanner Briele posted consecutive 79’s to card a 158, tied for 66th. Rounding out WCU’s scorers was junior Ricky Stout with rounds of 77 and 82 for a 73rd-place finish at 159
Playing as individuals, junior Drew Miller finished tied for 46th with two rounds of 81 and 75 (156), while freshman Kyle Wilson posted 81 and 79 for a two-day total of 160 amidst a tie for 80th overall.
East Carolina edged host Furman and Virginia Tech by a stroke, 595-to-596, to claim the team championship honors. First-round leader, North Florida (603), slipped to fourth with Old Dominion rounding out the top five teams with a two-day score of 609.
Furman’s Austin Reeves beat-out teammate Daniel Bowden in a playoff to claim individual medalists’ honors after the two Paladin teammates finished 36 holes tied with one-over scores of 145. Wofford’s Garrett Medeiros and Chris Kennedy from North Florida were tied for third, one shot back at 146.
Western Carolina returns to the links April 6-7 at the Cowboy Classic, hosted by the University of Wyoming at the Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.