Waynesville, N.C. – Four Catamounts including three among the team's scoring five sit in a four-way tie for the runner-up spot after 18 of the scheduled 36 holes at the season-opening 2019 Judaculla Cup. Western Carolina leads mountain-rival Appalachian State by two strokes entering Tuesday's final round at the par-72, 5,932-yard Waynesville Inn Golf Resort.
Appalachian State sophomore Abby Bolt leads the individual field by three strokes over the four-way tie for second-place after carding a 2-under par round of 70 on Monday. She is trailed by WCU junior Maya White, sophomore transfer Madison Isaacson, and freshman Bailee Twiford – each in the scoring five – and individual competitor Harper Gilreath, who was among the first grouping to complete play on the first day. The Catamount foursome each shot 1-over par, 73, on Monday.
WCU leads App State by two strokes with The Citadel (322) sitting third in the small, three-team event.
Tuesday's final round is set for tee times off the front nine – the Carolina Course – beginning at 8:30 am.
A transfer from UNC Wilmington, Isaacson posted a first-round high five birdies to accompany eight pars over the opening 18 holes for the 1-over round. Twiford and White were both consistent with 13 pars apiece as a part of their rounds of 73.
Catamount junior Hazel Martin sits in a three-way sixth-place tie after shooting 2-over, 74. The Brisbane, Australia native was cruising through the back nine even-par with a birdie on No. 12 to counter one bogey before carding a double-bogey on the par-5 18th on the Blue Ridge course. Freshman Victoria Ladd is the fifth WCU golfer on the team side, entering the final round tied for 11th at 5-over par, 77.
Monday's first round saw a pair of eagles carded on the short par-5, 478-yard sixth – both were recorded by Catamount individuals as Gilreath and individual Cassidy Chambers posted a three on the longest layout. All told, Gilreath led four Catamount singles with the 1-over round that featured a 3-under mark on the par-5 holes, while lone senior Brianna Plummer carded four birdies to rank second in the field behind Isaacson.
Though there will not be live scoring of Tuesday's final round, fans can keep up with the on-goings in Waynesville using WCU's social media outlets including Twitter using the handles @catamounts or @WCU_womensgolf. A complete recap and event statistics will be made available online at CatamountSports.com at the conclusion of the two-round tournament.
1 – Western Carolina – 293 (+5)
2 – Appalachian State – 295 (+7)
3 – The Citadel – 322 (+34)
T2 – Madison Isaacson – 73 (+1)
T2 – Bailee Twiford – 73 (+1)
T2 – Maya White – 73 (+1)
T6 – Hazel Martin – 74 (+2)
T11 – Victoria Ladd – 77 (+5)
T2 – Harper Gilreath * – 73 (+1)
9 – Brianna Plummer * – 75 (+3)
10 – Cassidy Chambers * – 76 (+4)
T18 – Cameron Wood * – 83 (+11)