Clarksville, Tenn. – With two golfers inside the individual top 10, the Western Carolina women’s golf team sits in third place after 36 holes at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate hosted by Austin Peay at the par-72, 5,965-yard Clarksville Country Club. Redshirt freshman Madison Isaacson is in the clubhouse in fifth-place, a stroke ahead of senior teammate Brianna Plummer as WCU posted a two-round score of 606, just seven strokes off the leading pace.
Shooting 310 collectively as a team over the opening 18 holes, WCU was fourth as the teams started the second round. However, the Catamounts rallied to card the second-lowest team round in this year’s tournament with a 296 on Monday afternoon, jumping one spot in the team standings.
With her season-opening victory at the 2019 Judaculla Cup still fresh on her mind, Isaacson was sixth after the opening 18 holes with 3-over par 75 before trimming a stroke off on the second go-round to advance into fifth after 36 holes. The transfer from Greensboro, N.C., countered two bogeys and one double-bogey with one birdie for the 3-over first round. In the afternoon round, Isaacson charted a pair of birdies to cancel two bogeys, but a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth left her at 2-over, 74.
Plummer’s day was much more entertaining from an up-and-down viewpoint. Despite scoring birdie on her first hole of the day – the par-5 18th – Plummer struggled through the remaining 17 holes of her first round, carding a combined eight bogeys with a dreaded triple-bogey on the par-4 15th en route to a 9-over par round of 81.
The resilient senior from Shelby, N.C., rallied in a big way, though, shaving 12 strokes off her first round score in firing a career-best, 3-under par 69 to climb 21 spots into sixth overall. Plummer played even-par golf for 11-consecutive holes after going birdie-bogey on the first two holes of the second round. She closed the day strong with birdies on three of her final three holes to propel her into the final round.
Plummer was the only golfer on Monday to shoot in the 60s, making up ground on the par-3 layouts in the first two rounds, ranking second overall in the field at 1-under par (2.90) on the par-3 holes. Isaacson is tied for a tournament-best 27 pars through the first 36 holes.
Also for WCU, freshman Bailee Twiford hovered around the top of the leader board much of the opening two rounds, shooting 4-over 76 in the first round and 78 in the second to sit in a tie for 12th at 154 with junior teammate Maya White. Twiford leads the tournament field with nine birdies over the first 36 holes. Junior Hazel Martin rounds out the Catamount scoring five in a tie for 19th overall at 158.
IUPUI leads the nine-team field after shooting 599 (304-295) on Monday with tournament host Austin Peay sitting in second, four strokes in arrears at 603 (301-302). WCU is third at 606 with Tennessee Tech (613) and Valparaiso (627) rounding out the top five teams.
Individually, Amelie Svejda of IUPUI turned in consecutive even-par rounds of 72 to shoot 144, leading the field by a stroke over the second-place tie between IUPUI teammate Marion Debove and Taylor Dedmen of Austin Peay. Heidi Lawson of Tennessee Tech is fourth at 148 with Isaacson and Plummer five and six strokes off the lead, respectively.
Amongst the top team pairing entering the final 18 holes, WCU will match with IUPUI and Austin Peay, teeing off on the first five holes in Tuesday’s 8:00 am CT / 9:00 am ET shotgun start. Live scoring links through GolfStat is available online at CatamountSports.com.
3 – Western Carolina – 310-296 = 606
5 – Madison Isaacson – 75-74 = 149
6 – Brianna Plummer – 81-69 = 150
T12 – Bailee Twiford – 76-78 = 154
T12 – Maya White – 79-75 = 154
T19 – Hazel Martin – 80-78 = 158