JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Ashley Thompson finished in a tie for 51st overall to lead Western Carolina at the spring-opening UNF Collegiate being contested at the par-72, 6,002-yard Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. WCU carded a final round score of 311 for a 54-hole score of 946 to finish 15th in the in the highly-competitive 16-team field.
The 311 final round score was WCU's best round of the tournament and was the 12th best score of the day.
Thompson struggled to find her shot on the final day charting a 82 over the final 18 holes which was six strokes higher than her opening round score of 76. The senior finished with a three round total of 235. Freshman Brianna Plummer made a late surge on the final day as she shot a team-best 75 to move into a tie for 54th just one stroke behind Thompson with a 236.
Sophomore teammate Natalia Villavicencio finished in a tie for 58th with a score of 237 after shooting a 78 over the final 18.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were junior transfer Alyssa Morahan in a tie for 63rd at 238 and Amanda Floberg in 83rd overall at 253. Morahan shot the second best round of the tournament for the Catamounts with a final round score of 76 which tied Thompson's opening round score.
Plummer, Villavicencio, Morahan and Floberg all charted two birdies on Tuesday while Plummer had a team-best 11 pars.
Southern Mississippi and Memphis tied for first as they each shot 895 as a team. Southern Miss moved up five spots on the final day shooting a low round of 294. Old Dominion and Daytona State College tied for third overall with scores of 896. Campbell rounded out the top five at 898.
Other Southern Conference teams in action included Mercer who finished seventh with a team score of 909 and Wofford who placed 16th with a score of 960.
The Catamounts will be back in action Wednesday and Thursday at the Bulldog Florida Invitational hosted by Butler at the Windsor Parke Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.