Greenville, S.C. - Senior Alyssa Morahan posted a 6-over par opening round of 78 on Friday to pace Western Carolina as the Catamounts opened tournament play at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Morahan sits in a tie for 57th overall while WCU is 17th with a first round team score of 327.
Morahan posted par on 12 holes on Friday with six birdies along the par-72, 6,278-yard Furman University Golf Course. In her second year at WCU, the senior striker from North Reading, Mass., posted her best round of the young 2017-18 season. She was followed by Australian-born freshman, Hazel Martin, who was three strokes back after a first-round score of 81 puts her in 74th-overall. Martin carded WCU's lone birdies of the first day of competition, the first two of her collegiate career.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are senior Amanda Floberg in a tie for 85th overall (83), while junior transfer Shannon Heerey is tied for 90th (85) and a second freshman, Harper Gilreath (87), in 92nd.
Carding a 4-under rounds of 284, Daytona State leads the field beginning with a four-stroke advantage over second-place, Virginia Tech (E, 288). Tournament-host, Furman, is nine strokes off the pace with a 5-over par, 293, followed by Middle Tennessee in fourth at 295, and a three-way tie for fifth between ETSU, UNC Wilmington, and Kennesaw State at 10-over par, 298.
Daytona State boasts two of the top five individuals including leader Jiwon Jeon at 8-under par, 64, with teammate Hollie Muse in a four-way tie for the runner-up spot, six-strokes in arrears at 2-under, 70.
Saturday's second round gets underway with set tee times off both the front and back nine beginning at 9:00 am. Paired with golfers from UNCW and Georgia Southern, WCU's scoring five will again open on the back nine beginning at 10:30 am. Live scoring of the event is available online through BirdieFire.com.