Buies Creek, N.C. - Matching her second round score of 4-over par, 76, on Tuesday, senior Mariah Hopkins led the Western Carolina women's golf team with a 10th-place individual finish. Hopkins guided the Catamounts (944) home in eighth-place overall at the Fighting Camel Classic, hosted at the par-72, 6,050-yard Orange & Black Course at the Keith Hills Golf Club.
WCU seniors Hopkins and Kim Mitchell both recorded top 20 showings to pace the Catamounts in their final event of the fall season.
Sitting at 6-over par with five holes to play, Hopkins finished strong with a trio of pars and consecutive birdies on the par-3 third and par-4 fourth to drop back to 4-over for the round. The Greensboro, N.C., native's three-day total of 230 was tied for the fourth-best, 54-hole score in her career, shooting 230 for the fourth-time overall.
Hopkins led the Catamounts with 32 pars over the 54-hole tournament, also carding four birdies.
Like her classmate, Mitchell also matched her second round score over the final 18 holes, coming home with an 8-over par, 80, for a three-round tally of 234 to finish tied for 20th. The Woodbridge, Va., product carded eight pars and a birdie against nine bogies over the final 18 holes, finishing the fall season with a par.
Freshman Maddi Caldwell carded a tournament-best two eagles on Tuesday en route to recording her best round of the tournament with a 5-over par, 77. The Dawsonville, Ga., native advanced four positions on the final day to finish tied for 39th. Caldwell was 6-over on the back nine, but charged through the front with the two eagles to shoot 1-under, finishing at +5 for the round with a three-day tally of 238.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were junior Bethany Galloway and freshman Natalia Villavicencio, both tied for 58th overall with matching scores of 246. Villavicencio had two birdies on Tuesday, both coming within her opening four holes.
Playing unattached as an individual, WCU junior Ashley Thompson slipped six spots in the final standings with a final round, 89, finishing tied for 73rd at 257.
With three individuals among the top five golfers, tournament host, Campbell, won team honors Tuesday by 17-strokes over runner-up, Old Dominion. The Camels posted a 54-hole score of 902 while ODU finished at 919. Northern Arizona finished third at 927, and despite having the tournament's medalist -- Mary Janiga -- Mercer finished fourth at 930. Nova Southeastern rounded out the top five teams, six strokes back at 936.
Janiga won the tournament by three strokes over Campbell's Nadine White, shooting 1-under par, 215.
With the conclusion of the Fighting Camel Classic, Western Carolina wraps up the fall portion of its 2015-16 season. The Catamounts are slated to return to action in the spring semester, traveling to Orlando, Fla., in early February for the UCF Challenge. The 54-hole event will be played at the Eagle Creek Country Club on Feb. 7-9, 2016.