Spartanburg, S.C. - Freshman Hazel Martin carded a team-best round of 5-over par, 77, on Tuesday as Western Carolina finished the fall portion of its schedule with a ninth-place showing at the Terrier Intercollegiate, hosted by Wofford College at the par-72, 6,012-yard Country Club of Spartanburg. WCU closed the 36-hole event with a score of 662.
Martin closed her first semester in a tie for 23rd overall -- her second-best finish of the year -- with a two-day score of 13-over par, 157 (80-77). A product of Brisbane, Australia, Martin opened her final round with a birdie before bogeys on four of her next eight holes to make the turn to the front at 3-over par. Martin charted her second birdie on the par-5 first and went down the stretch at 3-over par until a double-bogey on the par-3 eighth relegated her to 5-over for the round.
Senior Alyssa Morahan was 10-strokes better in the second round, shooting 78 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 166. The North Reading, Mass., native climbed into a three-way tie for 41st overall that included freshman teammate Maya White, who posted her career-best finish. After four pars to start the day, Morahan played her first 10 holes at 3-over par, opening her final nine holes at 4-over. She then birdied two of her next three holes to move back to 2-over for the round before closing the round with a double-bogey and two bogies on her final five holes to shoot 78. White birdied the par-5 17th -- a hole she bogeyed in the first round -- as a part of the final round 84.
Playing unattached as individuals, WCU saw junior Shannon Heerey finish tied for 44th overall at 167 (84-83), while freshman Harper Gilreath placed 53rd overall with a score of 177. Her classmate Cameron Wood shot 186 over the two-round tournament to finish 58th overall. Heerey shot par on seven holes with 11 total bogeys.
With four of its scoring five placing inside the top 10 overall, first-round leader, High Point, held on to claim the team championship by eight-strokes over hard-charging runner-up, Georgia Southern. The Panthers finished with a two-day score of 592 while the Eagles shot an even, 600, collectively as a team with two finishers inside the top 10. Presbyterian rallied to third-place at 605, also putting two individuals inside the top 10, while USC Upstate (611) and tournament host, Wofford (618) rounding out the top five.
High Point's Cayla Smith followed-up her opening-round score of 3-under par, 69, with a 1-over round of 73 on Tuesday to shoot 2-under, 142, in winning medalist honors. She bested a three-way tie for the runner-up spot between Pan Paksanout of USC Upstate, Celia Mansour of Presbyterian, and Georgia Southern's Natalie Petersen at even-par, 144.
Western Carolina will now break before resuming its 2017-18 schedule in the spring semester, traveling to the Ball State Sunshine Invitational in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Feb. 9-10. WCU's six-event spring schedule includes the 2018 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship, April 15-18 at the Moss Creek Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C.