Buies Creek, N.C. - Western Carolina senior Kim Mitchell carded an opening-round score of 2-over par, 74, to sit tied with four others for third to pace the Catamounts at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic at the par-72, 6,050-yard Keith Hills Golf Club. WCU stands sixth in the 15-team field after 18 of the 54 scheduled holes, shooting 314 collectively on Sunday.
Round two gets underway with set tee-times on both the front and back nines beginning at 8:30 am on Monday morning. WCU's scoring five will be paired with golfers from Georgia Southern and Mercer, opening on the front nine beginning at 9:15 am. WCU's individual, Ashley Thompson, will tee off on the back nine at 8:30 am. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Opening her first round on the back nine, Mitchell countered four bogies with a pair of birdies on Sunday to shoot 74, leading two Catamounts inside the top 20. The Woodbridge, Va., native played the back nine at 3-over par with three bogies and six pars. Mitchell charted both of her birdies on par-5 holes, the first coming on the 454-yard second and the other on the 445-yard sixth.
Senior Mariah Hopkins sits in an eight-way tie for 18th after posting a 6-over par, 78. The Greensboro, N.C., native had seven bogies with a birdie coming on the par-5 13th, her fourth hole of the opening round. Hopkins parred the final hole of the back nine and the first four of the front for five-consecutive pars on the day. She came to the clubhouse with three bogies over the final five holes.
Having led the Catamounts in their most recent tournament, junior Bethany Galloway is tied for 35th after 18 holes, shooting 8-over, 80, on Sunday. Freshmen Maddi Caldwell (53rd-t, 82) and Natalia Villavicencio (62nd-t, 83) round out WCU's scoring five.
Playing unattached as an individual, WCU junior Ashley Thompson (86) is tied for 73rd overall.
Two teams stand tied atop the leaderboard after the opening 18 holes. Tournament-host, Campbell -- 45th in the nation in the latest GolfStat rankings -- is tied with Old Dominion with matching team scores of 306. Northern Illinois and Georgia Southern are tied for third after first-round team scores of 312 with Southern Conference foe, Mercer, rounding out the top five, just a stroke ahead of WCU.
Full recaps of each round will be made available at CatamountSports.com.