Stockbridge, Ga. - Western Carolina senior Kim Mitchell advanced 18 positions in the individual standings on Monday by carding a 1-over par, 73, as the Catamounts (602) jumped three spots in the team rankings into a tie for fourth after 36 holes at the John Kirk / Panther Intercollegiate.
The event's final round at the par-72, 6,033-yard Eagle's Landing Country Club is slated for Tuesday morning with a 9:00 am shotgun start. Live scoring is available on line at GolfStatResults.com.
Mitchell countered three bogies with a pair of birdies on Monday to post the team's best, second-round score at 73. Opening on the front, the Woodbridge, Va., native was 2-over par through her first four holes before carding 11-consecutive pars. Mitchell finished with two birdies against a bogey over the final three holes of the round to shoot 1-under on the back nine and 1-over for the day.
Mitchell has charted 23 pars in the tournament through two rounds.
The Catamounts have three golfers that sit tied for 26th with a score of 152 after two rounds including first-round leader freshman Maddi Caldwell, senior Mariah Hopkins, and junior Bethany Galloway. Caldwell carded a pair of birdies while shooting 7-over par, 79, on Monday while Hopkins countered six bogies with two birdies for the 4-over par, 76.
Galloway bounced back from a double-bogey on her first hole, making the turn at 3-over par. The Charlotte, N.C., native finished the day even-par on the back nine, countering two bogies with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 13-14. Junior Ashley Thompson rounds out WCU's scoring five with a two-day total of 153 (78-75) in a tie for 33rd. On Monday, Thompson, posted a pair of birdies against three bogies and a double-bogey for a 3-over par, 75. The Clyde, N.C., product leads WCU in par-5 scoring at 4.75 (-2).
Hopkins and Galloway both have 25 combined pars, while Thompson has a total of 24 over the opening 36 holes.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Natalia Villavicencio sits in a tie with Mitchell in 14th with a two-round score of 150 (74-76). Villavicencio birdied twice on the front nine in her second round. She is the highest ranking individual competitor in the 84-golfer field, while also leading the tournament in par-3 scoring at 2.75 (-2).
Elon, tied atop the team leader board after the opening 18 holes, pulled out to a six-stroke lead over second-place, Western Michigan, which moved three spots on the second day of competition. The Phoenix posted consecutive rounds of 293 and 297 for a total of 590 ahead of WMU's 596. First-round co-leader, Eastern Kentucky, slipped into third, seven-strokes off the pace at 597 with WCU and Florida Gulf Coast sitting tied for fourth to round out the top five teams at 602.
Martina Edberg of CSU Fullerton moved atop the individual leader board by a stroke over Elon's Kelsey Badmaev, 142-to-143.
Paired with golfers from Florida Gulf Coast and Eastern Kentucky, WCU's scoring five will open the final round at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning between the fourth and sixth holes. Villavicencio is set to open play on No. 17.