Pawley's Island, S.C. - Western Carolina's Alyssa Morahan fired an opening-round, 2-over par, 73, to lead the Catamounts in Sunday's opening round of the 2016 Golfweek Program Challenge. Morahan sits tied for 13th after her first round for the Purple & Gold while WCU ranked ninth as a team at the par-71, 6,042-yard Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.
Paired with golfers from both Gardner-Webb and Xavier, WCU's scoring five opens play on the front nine with tee times starting at 7:30 am.
Opening on the back nine on Sunday, Morahan countered four bogies and one double with five combined birdies for the 2-over round. The North Reading, Mass., native made the turn to the front nine at 3-over par, slipping to 4-over with a bogey on the first hole. The Tampa transfer finished the round with four birdies over her final eight holes, shooting 1-under on the front nine for the opening-round 73.
Senior Ashley Thompson and junior transfer Amanda Floberg both carded rounds of 6-over par, 77, to sit in a tie for 31st overall. Both golfers carded a birdie on the opening day of the season. Senior Bethany Galloway (80) charted a pair of birdies in her first round, sitting in a tie for 60th while sophomore Maddi Caldwell withdrew from Sunday's round.
Boston College leads the 16-team field after shooting 1-under par, 283, on Sunday. Campbell and Jacksonville State are tied for the runner-up spot, seven-strokes off the pace at 290, while Morehead State (299) and Mercer (300) rounds out the top five.
Individually, Boston College's Ailin Li leads the 80-golfer field by a stroke over second-place Valentiana Giraldo of Jacksonville State. Li shot 3-under par, 68, while Giraldo shot 69.
In the combined program challenge, four-time champion Campbell (272 & 290) leads the 16-team field by nine strokes over second-place Jacksonville State (281 & 290), 562-to-571. Boston College sits in third with a combined men's and women's score of 573, followed by Jacksonville (576) and Mercer (580) rounding out the top five.
The second round is scheduled for Monday morning. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.