Greensboro, Ga. – With a pair of golfers in the hunt after the opening day, the Western Carolina men’s golf team is in second place with 18 holes remaining in the 2021 Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the par-72, 7,393-yard Reynolds Lake Oconee course. Junior Louis Theys and sophomore Pierre Viallaneix both carded rounds of 5-under par 139 on Monday to sit in a three-way tie for second, just four strokes off the pace entering Tuesday’s final round.
Viallaneix led the field after 18 holes on Monday by carding a 4-under par round of 68. Even-par after the turn to the front nine, the Apopka, Fla., native carded three-straight birdies as a part of birdieing five of his first seven holes on the front for the 68. In his second round, Viallaneix countered three bogeys with four birdies for the 1-under par round 71.
Theys charted three birdies against a double-bogey and a bogey to shoot even-par 72 in the first round before shooting a career-low tying round of 5-under par 67 in the second. Opening on the back nine, Theys posted a pair of birdies against a bogey to make the turn to 1-under par. The Villers-Perwin, Belgium native finished the day 4-under with four birdies and five pars.
The opening-round 4-under par 68 by Viallaneix was the lowest single round by a Catamount golfer since J.T. Poston opened the 2015 tournament with a 66. Theys then bested that with his second-round 5-under par round of 67. Theys leads the field in par-3 scoring at 4-under (2.50) with Viallaneix tied with two others with 10 birdies.
Sophomore Magnus Pedersen posted rounds of even-par 72 and 3-over par 75 for a 36-hole tally of 147, tied for 17th overall. The Moss, Norway, product had four birdies and a team-best 26 pars to lead the squad and rank fourth among the 40-golfer field.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five are junior Tumi Kúld and freshman Presten Richardson amongst a four-way tie for 31st overall with matching scores of 153. Kúld was three strokes better in the second round, shooting 78 and 75, while Richardson posted his better round of 74 on the opening 18 holes with a 79 in the second. Kúld was one of only two players on Monday to card an eagle adding six total birdies while Richardson had a pair of birdies and 24 pars.
Paced by individual leader Archie Davies at 9-under par 135, ETSU leads the second-place Catamounts by 11 strokes, 563-to-574. Furman is third with a two-round score of 582 with Wofford (586) rallying three spots in the order to fourth-place. UNCG (587) is fifth followed by Mercer (591), Chattanooga (598), and Samford (599).
Davies is trailed by the three-way tie between Theys, Viallaneix, and ETSU teammate Trevor Hulbert at 5-under 139.
The third round opens with tee times off both the first and 10th tees beginning at 8:30 a.m. Paired with golfers from ETSU, the Catamount scoring five opens on the front nine beginning at 9:20 a.m. Live scoring through GolfStat is available online.
2 – Western Carolina – 286-288 = 574 (-2)
T2 – Pierre Viallaneix – 68-71 = 139 (-5)
T2 – Louis Theys – 72-67 = 139 (-5)
T17 – Magnus Pedersen – 72-75 = 147 (+3)
T31 – Presten Richardson – 74-79 = 153 (+9)
T31 – Tumi Kúld – 78-75 = 153 (+9)