Morganton, N.C. - Western Carolina sophomore Natalia Villavicencio posted a runner-up finish on Monday to lead the Catamounts to a seventh-place showing at the 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate which concluded at the par-72, 6,099-yard Mimosa Hills Country Club.
The Catamounts followed up a first-round score of 308 on Sunday with a final round tally of 312 for a two-day score of 620.
Tied for third after the opening round, Villavicencio advanced to second with a 1-under par round of 71 on Monday. All told, she finished tied for the tournament-lead with 26 pars over the 36-hole event, adding a combined five birdies. The Santiago, Chile, native shot even-par (3.00) on the par-3 holes and was tied for second in par-4 scoring at 1-over (4.05).
Villavicencio finished a stroke behind individual medalist, Taylor Dodson from Gardner-Webb. Dodson rallied from a seventh-place tie after Sunday's first round with a 3-under par, 69, on Monday to finish at 143. It is the fourth top-10 finish for Villavicencio this season and her second top five -- the first of the spring.
Senior Ashley Thompson finished in a five-way tie for 36th overall with a two-round score of 158 (78-80), while junior Amanda Floberg, who charted four birdies in the event, placed 41st with a score of 159 (79-80). Rounding out WCU's scoring five were junior Alyssa Morahan (78-83) and senior Bethany Galloway (80-81), tied for 47th overall at 161.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Brianna Plummer posted consecutive rounds of 87 to finish tied for 60th overall with a two-day score of 174.
Second-place after the opening round, Gardner-Webb was three strokes better than first-round leader, Bethune-Cookman, on Monday to claim a two-stroke victory, 599-to-601. USC Upstate (608) rallied to a third-place finish, matching GWU's 295 on the final day. Elon (609) finished fourth with tournament-host Appalachian State (614) rounding out the top five.
Western Carolina now turns its attention to the 2017 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship scheduled for April 23-25 at the Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C. The 54-hole event features 18 holes of competition each day, and will crown the league's champion and award the automatic bid to the NCAA championship.