Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Sophomore Maya White leads the Catamount scoring five with a first-round score of 10-over par 84, sitting in 34th place individually at the 2019 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship at the par-72, 5,980-yard Moss Creek Golf Club. Western Carolina sits in ninth place overall with two rounds to play between Monday and Tuesday.
Senior Shannon Heerey and junior Brianna Plummer both carded rounds of 86 to sit in a tie for 39th overall with sophomore Harper Gilreath in a tie for 41st a stroke back at 87. Second-year striker Hazel Martin had the drop score on Sunday, tied for 43rd with a first-round 89.
Opening on the back nine, Martin found a team-best two birdies through her opening nine holes, making the turn to the front at 3-over par. But, a tough front nine slowed her first round. White and Heerey were the only other two Catamounts to card birdies through the first 18 holes at the coastal course. White found a team-best eight pars, one more than Plummer who recorded seven.
Three-time reigning event champion Furman posted an 8-over-par 296 to take the lead into day two of competition, two strokes ahead of second-place Mercer at 10-over par, 298. Chattanooga sits behind the Bears at 13-over-par 301, followed by ETSU at 15-over-par 303. UNCG (+20), Samford (+25) and Wofford (+29) ended day one in fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively while The Citadel (+45) and Western Carolina (+53) will head into day two, eighth and ninth in the team standings.
Along with a three-way tie for first, the individual leaderboard features a three-way tie for fifth and a four-way tie for ninth.
Furman’s Haylee Harford, Chattanooga’s Monica San Juan and ETSU’s Hee Ying Loy tied on the day for the best individual score, shooting a 1-under-par 71. Mercer sits two strokes back of the Paladins after round one. Harford recorded a team-high four birdies while San Jan drained birdie putts on 17 and 18. Loy shot 10 straight pars to open tournament play.
Paired with golfers from Wofford and The Citadel, WCU’s scoring five is back on the course beginning at 8:00 am on Monday morning going off the front nine on the first tee.
Live stats can be found online at GolfStat.com and will be updated throughout Monday’s second round. The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA regionals.
2019 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship
Moss Creek Golf Club (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)
Par-72, 5,980 yards
9th – Western Carolina – 341
34th – Maya White – 82
T39th – Brianna Plummer – 86
T39th – Shannon Heerey – 86
T41st – Harper Gilreath – 87
T43rd – Hazel Martin – 89
SoCon – Top 10 Individuals:
T-1. Haylee Harford, Furman 71
T-1. Monica San Juan, Chattanooga, 71
T-1. Hee Ying Loy, ETSU 71
4. Mary Janiga, Mercer 73
T-5. Natalie Srinivasan, Furman 73
T-5. Kristine Torralba, Wofford 73
T-5. Lauren Lightfritz, Mercer 73
8. Madeline Davis, Samford 74
T-9. Emily Uhland, Samford 75
T-9. Karina Kukkonen, Mercer 75
T-9. Rheagan Hall, Chattanooga 75
T-9. Madison Moosa, Furman 75
SoCon – Team Standings:
1. Furman - 296
2. Mercer - 298
3. Chattanooga - 301
4. ETSU - 303
5. UNCG - 308
6. Samford - 313
7. Wofford - 317
8. The Citadel - 333
9. Western Carolina - 341