Greenville, N.C. - Western Carolina women's golf was paced by its international duo as Swedish-born Amanda Floberg and Chilean sophomore Natalia Villavicencio both placed in a tie for 31st overall to lead the Catamounts (303-317-310=930) to a 12th-place showing at the 2016 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 6,020-yard Greenville Country Club.
Making her 2016-17 season debut, Villavicencio -- a Santiago, Chile, native -- jumped seven spots in Tuesday's final round after shooting 4-over par, 76. Sitting at 3-over par eight holes into the final round, Villavicencio tallied birdies on the par-4 second and par-5 sixth to move to 1-over for the day. A double-bogey three holes from the finish and a bogey on her 54th hole relegated her to the 4-over round.
Floberg was a stroke in arrears of her teammate over the final 18 holes, shooting 5-over par, 77. The Stockholm, Sweden product carded seven-straight pars after opening the round with a bogey. Over her final 10 holes, she was able to counter three bogies and a double with her fifth birdie of the tournament on the par-4 fifth to move back to 3-over. She finished with three pars and a pair of bogies.
Both Villavicencio and Floberg finished with two-day totals of 231. Villavicencio finished among the field leaders in par-3 scoring, shooting 2-under par -- or 2.83 -- on the shortest layouts.
For the Catamounts, Alyssa Morahan carded a final-round score of 6-over par, 78, to finish in a tie for 46th overall at 234 (76-80-78). Senior Ashley Thompson finished amidst a tie for 55th overall at 237, while her classmate Bethany Galloway advanced a pair of spots, shooting 243 collectively to finish tied for 78th overall.
Villavicencio and Galloway led WCU with six birdies apiece while Floberg finished with a total of five.
After grabbing the early lead in Monday's first two rounds, tournament-host East Carolina cruised to the team championship by 28 strokes over hard-charging runner-up, Elon. The Pirates posted a three-round score of 880 while the Phoenix jumped three spots in the final standings over the final 18 holes finishing with a team score of 908. Morehead State and Gardner-Webb finished tied for third overall with matching scores of 910 with Cincinnati falling three spots in the standings into fifth overall, carding 911 collectively as a team.
Anna Magnusson of Morehead State, who led through Monday's first two rounds, held off High Point's Danielle Fuss to claim individual medalist honors. Magnusson finished with a final round 2-under par, 70, for a 4-under par, 54-hole score of 212, edging Fuss by a stroke at 213.
Western Carolina returns to action Oct. 10-11 at the Terrier Intercollegiate hosted by SoCon-foe, Wofford, at the Spartanburg Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.