Cullowhee, N.C. – With a different look to its scoring five, the Western Carolina women’s golf team returns to action Sunday and Monday at the Edisto Island Invitational, co-hosted by Charleston Southern and the College of Charleston at the par-71, 5,902-yard The Plantation Course on Edisto Island in South Carolina.

The tournament includes 36 holes of continuous play on Sunday, March 31 with a 9:00 am shotgun start and 18 holes of play Monday, again getting underway with a 9:00 am shotgun start. Live scoring every three holes will be available online through

In addition to the Catamounts and the co-hosts of Charleston Southern and two squads from the College of Charleston, WCU will be joined by one other Southern Conference school in The Citadel. Rounding out the 16-team field are Bethune Cookman, Delaware, Elon, James Madison, Morehead State, North Florida, Presbyterian, Seton Hall, USC Upstate, William & Mary, and Xavier.

“We are excited to get back to the east coast for our next event,” said first-year head coach Courtney Gunter. “I have heard only great things about the Plantation Course at Edisto. I think it will set up very well for our team and give us a good chance of posting some lower scores this week.”

Again, WCU will have a different look to its lineup entering this weekend’s competition. Only two of WCU’s scoring five for this event have played in all six seasonal events and 17 combined rounds. Fletcher, N.C., native sophomore Maya White playing at No. 1 and junior Brianna Plummer from Shelby lines up at No. 2. Sophomore Harper Gilreath is in the WCU lineup for a third-consecutive event, teeing off in the No. 5 position for the Catamounts.

WCU’s lone senior, Shannon Heerey from Meath, Ireland, competes in her first tournament this year while freshman Cassidy Chambers of Goodview, Va., will participate in her second event.

“We have some changes in our lineup from previous events, but I see this as an opportunity to prepare even better for SoCon. I believe it is a very positive thing to have competition within the team, and know that anyone has a chance to travel to the next event,” said Gunter.

This weekend’s tournament at Edisto Island is the third from the final event scheduled this year for the Catamounts with play at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate (April 7-8) preceding the annual Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship in Hilton Head Island, S.C., April 15-17.