Pawley's Island, S.C. - The Western Carolina women's golf team advanced one spot in the final team standings at the 2016 Golfweek Program Challenge on Tuesday, finishing 13th overall with a three-day score of 938 at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.
Transfer Alyssa Morahan posted a final round score of 3-over par, 74, to pace the Catamounts in her first tournament in the Purple & Gold, coming home tied for 30th overall.
Morahan jumped six spots on the final day of competition, countering a double bogey and two bogies with 14 pars and a birdie on her next-to-last hole. The North Reading, Mass., native posted a three-day score of 229 (73-82-74) in her first action for the Catamounts. She finished with a team-best 33 pars and six birdies in the season-opening event.
Senior Ashley Thompson finished tied for 52nd overall with a three-round score of 237 (77-82-78), while her classmate Bethany Galloway saved her best round for last, rallying 11 spots into a tie for 59th at 241 (82-83-76). Galloway posted 31 pars over the 54-hole event while Thompson tallied a total of 28.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were junior transfer Amanda Floberg in a tie for 68th at 244 (77-83-84) including four birdies, and sophomore Maddi Caldwell -- who only played in two of the three rounds -- averaged 77.0 with a second round 78 and 76 on Tuesday.
Boston College edged Campbell by a stroke, 865-to-866, to claim the team title. The two entered the final round deadlocked atop the leader board, but the Eagles managed a final round 290 -- one stroke better than Campbell's 291. Morehead State finished third overall with a team score of 888 with Jacksonville (895) and Jacksonville State (900) rounding out the top five teams.
Morehead State's Anna Magnusson claimed individual medalist honors by three strokes over Valentina Giraldo of Jacksonville State. Magnusson finished at 3-under par, 210, while Giraldo was even at 213.
Overall, Campbell claimed its fifth Golfweek Program Challenge championship as both its men's and women's squads finished in the runner-up spot in their respective team championships. The Camels posted a combined score of 1,722 (836-886), while second-place Jacksonville finished with a three-day combined score of 1,727 (832-895). Boston College, which won the women's team title, finished third overall at 1,735 (870-865) with James Madison (1,744) and Jacksonville State (1,749) rounding out the top five.
The Catamount men and women's squad posted a combined event score of 1,817 -- 938 by the women and 879 by the men -- finishing 13th overall.
Western Carolina returns to action Sept. 26-27 at East Carolina's Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, hosted at the Greenville Country Club in Greenville, N.C. It is the first time since 2012 that the Catamounts have ventured to the Sandhills in competition at the tournament.