Jacksonville, Fla. - Sitting in a tie for 11th after an opening round score of 309, the Western Carolina women's golf team followed it up with a second round 312 for a 36-hole total of 621, good enough for 12th at the 3rd Annual UNF Collegiate being held at the par-72, 6,002-yard Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.
Senior Kim Mitchell fired a team-best round of even-par, 72, and an 80 on the second 18 holes on Monday to lead the Catamount scoring five in a tie for 26th overall. The Woodbridge, Va., product recorded five birdies on Monday including two to counter a pair of bogies in her first round, finishing with 14 pars for the even-par start. Mitchell was inside the individual top 10 after the first round, tied for sixth after 18 holes.
Prior to Monday's first round, WCU senior Mariah Hopkins was forced to withdraw from the field due to illness. Junior Ashley Thompson, who was slated to compete unattached as an individual, stepped into Hopkins position in WCU's active roster. The native of Clyde, N.C., responded with rounds of 76 and 78 to rank second on the squad, sitting in a tie for 41st overall with a score of 154.
Thompson led the Catamounts with 23 pars through her opening 36 holes of play.
Junior Bethany Galloway sits in a tie for 50th overall, countering an opening-round score of 80 with a 4-over par, 76, in the second round. Galloway carded four birdies on the first day of play. Freshman Maddi Caldwell is tied for 68th overall at 159 (81-78) while her classmate Natalia Villavicencio is tied for 81st at 164 (83-81) to round out WCU's scoring side. Caldwell charted two birdies in the second round while Villavicencio had one on the opening 18 holes.
Two ranked programs according to the latest GolfStat rankings -- No. 25 Texas and No. 36 Houston -- share the team lead after two rounds after identical 36 hole scores of 590. The College of Charleston advanced three spots in the second round to sit in third place overall, seven strokes off the pace at 597. Campbell (600) and Eastern Kentucky (605) round out the top five teams after the first day of competition.
Fellow SoCon member, Chattanooga, is tied for sixth overall at 606 while Samford is tied for 14th after shooting 623, two strokes in arrears of the Catamounts.
Laura Gomez of James Madison and Sophia Schubert of Texas were the only two individuals to break par on Monday, carding matching scores of 2-under, 142, to share the top of the leader board. That duo holds a three-stroke lead over a two-way tie for third place.
Paired with golfers from 10th-place Daytona State College and 11th-place Jacksonville, WCU's scoring five will open Tuesday's shotgun start between the ninth and 11th holes. Live scoring of third round is available online through GolfStatResults.com.