Kiawah Island, S.C. – Two Catamounts posted single-round career lows on Sunday as the curtain raised on the 2019 spring season for Western Carolina. Freshman Amy Wooten opened her spring semester by carding a career-low round of 3-under par 69 while junior Brianna Plummer fired a career-best 1-over par 73 to lead Western Carolina to a 10th-place tie after 18 of the 54 scheduled holes at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic.
Wooten sits in a three-way tie for the runner-up spot with two rounds to play between the Osprey Point and Oak Point Golf Clubs while Plummer is within five strokes of the lead in a tie for 36th overall.
Paired with golfers from Longwood, WCU’s scoring five will tee off on the par-72, 5,964-yard Osprey Point Course, doing so in Monday morning’s 8:30 am shotgun start wave between the 16th and 18th holes. Live scoring is available online through GolfStat.com.
Opening on the front nine on Sunday, Wooten tallied birdies on two of her first four holes to move to 2-under par before a bogey on the par-4 fifth relegated her back to even-par where she remained through the turn. On the back nine, the Clinton, N.C., native birdied four of her final nine holes with a bogey on the par-4 13th to shoot her career-low, 3-under par 69.
Wooten’s previous career-low was a 1-over par 73 in the second round of the fall-ending Idle Hour Collegiate Championship.
Plummer countered a double-bogey and two bogies with three birdies on Sunday for her round of 1-over par. The Shelby, N.C., product made the turn to the back nine at 2-over par before playing the final nine holes at 1-under for the career-low round of 73. Her previous best round was a 3-over par, 75, from the 2017 spring semester.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were sophomores Maya White (76) in a tie for 91st and Hazel Martin (77) in a tie for 109th overall. Making her season debut, sophomore Harper Gilreath (85) posted three birdies to sit in 219th overall in the 254-golfer field.
Collectively as a team, WCU ranked tied for second in the field with 16 birdies on Sunday, tied with fellow Southern Conference member UNCG and just two birdies behind tourney leader, Delaware (18).
Coastal Carolina leads the 49-team field by two strokes over second place Delaware, 286-to-288. Tulsa and Stetson are tied for third with matching scores of 290 while South Florida and the B-team from the College of Charleston round out the top five with identical scores of 291.
Lehigh’s Reagan Jahn carded a tournament-low round of 4-under par 68 to hold a one-stroke lead over the three-way tie for second that includes WCU’s Wooten, Justine Lauer from Stetson, and Sarah Kahn from High Point.
Round two gets under way Monday morning with a shotgun start at 8:30 am.
T10th – Western Carolina – 295
T2nd – Amy Wooten – 69
T36th – Brianna Plummer – 73
T91st – Maya White – 76
T109th – Hazel Martin – 77
T219th – Harper Gilreath – 85