Orlando, Fla. - Western Carolina freshman Maddi Caldwell carded an opening-round score of 6-over par, 78, on Sunday to lead the Catamounts at the spring-opening UCF Challenge being held at the par-72, 6,349-yard Eagle Creek Golf Club. WCU (319) sits in 17th-place after the first round with 36 holes to play.
The second round gets underway on Monday morning with tee-times beginning at 8:45 am. WCU's scoring five will be paired with golfers from Mississippi State and Daytona State College, and will go off the back nine beginning at 8:39 am with Caldwell hitting the course at 9:15 am.
Opening the event on the back nine, Caldwell was at 1-under par through her first three holes with a birdie on the par-4 12th. After a bogey on the par-4 14th, the Dawsonville, Ga., native was poised to carry an even-par score to the front nine before a triple-bogey on the par-5 18th left her plus-three at the turn.
On the front nine, Caldwell carded six pars against three bogies to finish the first round at 6-over, 78, sitting in a tie for 47th overall in the 96-golfer field.
Senior Kim Mitchell is one stroke off her freshman teammate after shooting 7-over par, 79, on Sunday to sit in a tie for 59th overall. The Woodbridge, Va., product birdied her first hole of the round, finishing the back nine with five pars and three bogies to make the turn at 2-over. Mitchell then carded five bogies against four pars on the front nine.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were senior Mariah Hopkins in a tie for 65th (+8, 80), while junior Bethany Galloway and freshman Natalia Villavicencio both finished among a tie for 78th at 10-over, 82. Hopkins played the first six holes on Sunday at even-par before a bogey and double-bogey left her making the turn at 3-over. She had one birdie on the day, coming on the par-4 second.
Both Galloway and Villavicencio scored birdies on the front nine on the par-3 fifth and par-5 seventh, respectively.
No. 42 Houston fired an opening round team score of 7-over par, 295, to carry a four-stroke lead over second place, No. 39 Texas, into Monday's second round. No. 25 Missouri and No. 15 Iowa State both stand tied with Augusta at 13-over par, 301, to round out the top five.
Michelle Butler of Missouri and Tulane's Emily Penttila are tied for the tournament's individual lead after carding matching first round scores of 1-under par, 71. That duo is followed by a five-way tie for third at even-par, 72.
Live scoring of each round is available online at GolfStatResults.com.