Morganton, N.C. - Sophomore Natalia Villavicencio sits amongst a four-way tie for third-place overall after 18 of the scheduled 36 holes to lead Western Carolina at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate. Carding an opening-round score of 308, the Catamounts are five strokes off the pace in a three-way tie for fourth overall at the par-72, 6,099-yard Mimosa Hills Country Club.
The final round of the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate is scheduled for a shotgun start at 9:00 am on Monday morning. The event is WCU's final tune-up before the 2017 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship to be held later this month in Lexington, S.C.
Villavicencio posted an opening-round, 1-over par round of 73 on Sunday to sit among the tournament leaders entering Monday's final round. Catamount senior Ashley Thompson and junior Alyssa Morahan are tied for 21st after 18 holes with matching scores of 6-over par, 78. Rounding out WCU's scoring five are junior Amanda Floberg in a tie for 31st, one-stroke back at 79, and senior Bethany Galloway in a tie for 41st after shooting 80 on Sunday.
Playing unattached as an individual, Catamount freshman Brianna Plummer is tied for 60th overall with a first-round score of 87.
Bethune-Cookman holds a one-stroke lead over second-place Gardner-Webb, 303-to-304, atop the team leader board after 18 holes. Tournament host, Appalachian State, is third-place just three strokes off the pace. WCU is tied with Winthrop and Elon for fourth overall just five strokes in arrears entering Monday's final round.
Yudkia Rodriguez of Bethune-Cookman and Winthrop's Ashley Sloup are tied atop the individual scoreboard with matching scores of even-par, 72, on Sunday. The four-way tie for third which includes WCU's Villavicencio is just one stroke back at 1-over, 73.
A complete recap of the tournament will be made available on Monday evening once the final results are passed along. There is no live scoring available from the course.