Hayesville, N.C. - Third after Sunday's opening round, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels roared to the top of the leader board Monday with a team score of 5-over par, 293, to lead the Bill Berg Invitational after 36 holes. Western Carolina sits in third-place entering Tuesday's final round at the beautiful The Ridges Country Club.
Laura Gomez of James Madison maintained her hold on first-place in the individual standings, following up her opening 2-under par round of 70 on Sunday with an even-par round of 72 for a two-day total of 142. She holds a three-stroke advantage over Eastern Kentucky's Amanda Lindahl who holds the runner-up spot with a 1-over par, 145.
Marshall (593) sits in second-place, nine-strokes off the lead followed by the Catamounts two strokes in arrears. First-round leader, James Madison (607), slipped into fourth overall with Appalachian State (611) rounding out the top five. Gardner-Webb carded consecutive team rounds of 308 to sit sixth at 616, followed by Longwood (619), Presbyterian (626), Wofford (627), and UNC Asheville (632) rounding out the top 10. Completing the 12-team field are UNCG (636) and Radford (640).
Sophomore Natalia Villavicencio continues to pace the Catamounts, sliding into a tie for fifth-place after posting a second-round score of 5-over par, 77. The Santiago, Chile, native countered four bogies with four birdies on the front nine, making the turn at 2-over par with a double-bogey on the par-4 fourth. On the back nine, Villavicencio had four bogies, four pars and a birdie for the 5-over round.
Villavicencio ranks tied for first in the 66-golfer field with seven birdies over the first 36 holes with WCU ranking third overall with 22 combined. All told, the Catamounts lead the field in par-5 scoring at 10-under (4.75).
Junior transfer Amanda Floberg was the big mover for the Catamounts on Monday, jumping nine positions in the standings to sit seventh after a second-round score of 2-over, 74. The Stockholm, Sweden, product carded three birdies on the day -- two on the front nine to make the turn to the back even-par. Floberg countered three bogies with a third birdie on the back for the 2-over round.
Finishing her second round with an eagle on the par-5 18th, senior Ashley Thompson sits in a seven-way tie for eighth-place with a two-day score of 151. She is followed by junior Alyssa Morahan who is tied for 33rd with score of 157. Morahan carded four birdies on Monday including three on the front nine to make the turn to the back at 1-under par before birdying No. 18. Senior Bethany Galloway rounds out WCU's scoring five a stroke back of Morahan in a tie for 36th at 158.
Playing unattached as an individual, true freshman Brianna Plummer is tied for 62nd overall with a two-day score of 173.
Tuesday's final round will be a shotgun start with a 9:00 am start. Fans can follow the tournament with live scoring online at BirdieFire.com.