Buies Creek, N.C. - Senior Mariah Hopkins jumped eight spots in the individual standings on Monday, surging into a tie with seven others including classmate Kim Mitchell for 10th-place after two rounds of competition at the 2015 Fighting Camel Fall Classic. Western Carolina's two seniors paced the Catamounts into a tie for sixth overall at 630, just a stroke outside the team top five at the par-72, 6,050-yard Orange & Black Course at the Keith Hills Golf Club.
Hopkins carded five bogies in the second round with four coming on the front nine. After making the turn to the back, the Greensboro, N.C., native scored six-consecutive pars before tallying her lone birdie of the day on the par-5 18th to shoot 4-over, 76, for a two-day total of 154.
Mitchell was consistent on Monday, recording four bogies and five pars on both the front and back nine to shoot 8-over, 80. The Woodbridge, Va., product slipped seven spots in the standings into the tie for 10th overall at 154, just four strokes outside the top five.
Freshman Maddi Caldwell trimmed three strokes off of her second round score to shoot 79 on Monday, advancing 10 spots as WCU's biggest mover in the second round. She is tied for 43rd overall with nine others that includes junior teammate, Bethany Galloway. The two Catamounts both have 36 hole scores of 161. Galloway (80-81) carded five bogies a side with a birdie on the par-5 13th, while Caldwell posted three birdies to counter seven holes over-par. A native of Dawsonville, Ga., Caldwell was poised for a 4-over par until a costly triple-bogey on her final hole relegated her to 79.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five is freshman Natalia Villavicencio who is tied for 61st overall at 165, shooting 82 on Monday after an 83 on Sunday.
Competing unattached as an individual, junior Ashley Thompson sits in a four-way tie for 67th overall with a two-day score of 168. Thompson tallied a birdie on the par-3 14th.
Tournament-host, No. 45 Campbell, pulled out to a 16-stroke lead over second place Mercer, which advanced three spots in the standings. The Camels carded a low-round of 301 on Monday for a two-day score of 607 with the Bears in the runner-up position at 623. First-round co-leader, Old Dominion, dropped into third at 624 with both Norther Arizona (625) and Nova Southeastern (629) advancing three spots into fourth and fifth, respectively.
Mercer's Mary Janiga leads the 84-golfer field by a stroke over Campbell's Nadine White, 145-to-146.
Paired with golfers from Northern Illinois and Stetson, WCU's scoring five hits the course between the seventh and 10th holes with a 9:00 am shotgun start with individual Ashley Thompson beginning on No. 17. Live scoring of the final round is available online at GolfStatResults.com.