Greenville, S.C. - The Western Carolina women's golf team closed its final round of the 2017 Lady Paladin Invitational with its best team round score of the young season, shooting 325 collectively to close its second tournament of the year. WCU finished 17th overall with a three-round team score of 987.
Competing in her first collegiate tournament, Catamount freshman Hazel Martin paced the squad, carding her career-best round of 5-over par, 77, on Sunday to finished tied for 79th overall. The Brisbane, Australia, native finished with a three-day total of 240 (81-82-77). Over the final 18 holes, Martin countered six bogies with 11 pars and a birdie.
Senior Alyssa Morahan came home in 85th overall with a three-round score of 246 (78-84-84) while her classmate Amanda Floberg tallied her best round of the tournament at 80 for a final score of 250 (83-87-80) to finish tied for 87th. Rounding out WCU's scoring five were freshman Harper Gilreath (91st, 87-82-84=253) and junior transfer Shannon Heerey (92nd, 85-88-88=261).¬
Tournament-host, Furman, rallied to the runner-up spot in Saturday's second round before charging to the event championship on Sunday. The Paladins shot 8-under par, 280, over the final 18 holes to close the event at 7-under par, 857, to surge past second-round leader, Daytona State (867). Kennesaw State finished third at 874, with Middle Tennessee State (875) and Memphis (879) rounding out the top five.
Daytona State's Jiwon Jeon claimed the individual medalist honors with a tournament-record score of 11-under par, 205. She edged Furman's Haylee Harford in the runner-up spot by two strokes as Harford shot 9-under, 207.
With its home tournament at The Ridges in Hayesville, N.C., looming in mid-October, the Catamount women's golf team next travels to the Starmount Fall Classic, hosted by UNCG, on Oct. 2-3.