Spartanburg, S.C. - Conditions more common with April than late October greeted the Western Carolina women's golf team as play opened Monday at the 36-hole Terrier Intercollegiate, the squad's final event in the fall portion of its 2017-18 schedule. Amidst springtime-like rain showers, WCU was paced by freshman Hazel Martin in a tie for 26th overall as the Catamounts sit ninth collectively with a score of 334.
Drizzle off-and-on most of the day pestered the teams making their way around the par-72, 6,012-yard Country Club of Spartanburg. Teams finished their final holes just before the bottom fell out and heavy downpours soaked the already damp course.
Martin posted a team-best score of 8-over par, 80, on Monday. The freshman from Brisbane, Australia, charted a team-high 11 pars over the 18 hole day including six on the front nine, birdieing the par-3 eighth. Her classmate, Maya White, matched her best round of the semester, shooting 82 to sit in a tie for 34th overall. White had eight pars with a birdie on the par-3 third.
Sophomore Briana Plummer had a pair of birdies on the back nine to open the day before shooting 84 overall, tied for 40th-place with seniors Alyssa Morahan (88) and Amanda Floberg (90) tied for 53rd and 55th, respectively.
Playing unattached as individuals, junior transfer Shannon Heerey is tied with Plummer in 40th overall at 12-over, 84, while freshmen Harper Gilreath and Cameron Wood are tied for 47th and 51st, respectively. Gilreath shot 85 with Wood a pair of strokes back at 87.
High Point put three individuals inside the top 10 including two of the top four on Monday to grab an 11-stroke lead over second-place, Presbyterian. The Panthers carded a 4-over par round of 292 to lead PC, which shot 303. Appalachian State and Georgia Southern -- both former members of the Southern Conference now playing in the Sun Belt -- are tied for third place with matching scores of 305, with Gardner-Webb rounding out the team top five, three strokes back at 308.
Cayla Smith of High Point leads the 60-golfer field after shooting a 3-under round of 69 that included five birdies and an eagle. Her teammate, Tonrak Tasaso -- who leads the field with seven birdies on Monday -- sits within a three-way tie for the runner-up spot two strokes in arrears at 1-under par, 71. Tasaso is tied with Natalie Petersen of Georgia Southern and Gardner-Webb's Allison Chandler.
Tuesday's final round is scheduled for a 10:00 am shotgun start. Paired with golfers from Wofford and USC Upstate, WCU's scoring five will start on the back nine between the 11th and 15th holes. WCU's trio of individuals are slated to start on Holes 16, 17, and 18. Limited live scoring will be available online through BirdieFire.com.