Mesa, Ariz. – In just its second competition of the spring semester, the Western Carolina women’s golf team opens play Friday at the 2019 Clover Cup, hosted by Notre Dame at the par-72, 6,184-yard Longbow Golf Club. The Catamounts are coming off the program’s best three-round tournament score since 2015, finishing 21st overall among the 49-team field at the spring-opening Kiawah Island Spring Classic in late February.

The 54-hole tournament features three days of competition with 18 holes each day. Teams will open with split tee-times beginning at 8:00 am local time on Friday and Saturday between the No. 1 and No. 10 tees before finishing with a shotgun start set for 8:00 am local time on Sunday.

In addition to the Catamounts and the host Fighting Irish, WCU will be joined in the 15-team field by a pair of Southern Conference foes in both UNCG and Mercer. Rounding out the strong field is Cincinnati, FIU, Houston, IUPUI, Kansas State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC, and Wisconsin.

Leading WCU’s scoring five is freshman Amy Wooten, fresh off her school-record 54-hole score of 3-under par 213 which earned her SoCon Women’s Golfer of the Week plaudits. She is joined by sophomore Maya White in the No. 2 position, followed by sophomore Hazel Martin, junior Brianna Plummer, and sophomore Harper Gilreath to round out the Catamount scoring five.

Paired with golfers from Cincinnati and IUPUI in threesomes, WCU’s scoring five opens the tournament on the back nine with tee times starting at 8:50 am local time.

Notre Dame has hosted the Clover Cup in each of the last seven seasons dating back to 2012, posting a team runner-up finish in the tournament twice in both 2014 and 2015.

Billed as “the essence of Arizona golf,” the Longbow Golf Club was rated as one of the top 100 golf resorts in the nation by Golfweek and one of the top 20 golf courses in the state of Arizona by Golf Magazine. First opened in 1997 and completely redesigned in the fall of 2013, the Longbow Golf Club features wide, lush green fairways protected by white sand traps and traditional desert sand hazards.

Live scoring of each day’s round is available online at BirdieFire.com.

 

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