Rock Hill, S.C. – Junior Maya White led a pair of Catamounts inside the individual top 10 as Western Carolina posted its third-consecutive top-five finish to open the 2019-20 season, coming home fourth in the two-round, 36-hole Winthrop Fall Invitational held Monday at the par-72, 6,057-yard Waterford Golf Club.
White finished in a two-way tie for fourth-place, her second top 10 of the fall and the best finish of her collegiate career. She was joined among the event’s top finishers by sophomore transfer Madison Isaacson who turned-in her third, top-10 finish of the fall in a tie for 10th-place.
Third after her first-round score of 1-under par 71, White finished off her career-best 36-hole score of 146 with a second-round, 75, sliding into the tie for fourth. The Fletcher, N.C., native paced the tournament field in par-3 scoring at 2-under (2.75) on the shortest layouts. She also posted 24 pars over the 36 holes. Isaacson advanced three positions over the final 18 holes with a 149 (76-73) to move into the top 10. Both White and Isaacson led the Catamount squad with five birdies apiece.
Freshman Victoria Ladd matched her career-low round with a 3-over par 75 in the second round, climbing six spots in the final standings into a three-way tie for 18th at 153. Ladd was one of just there golfers to card an eagle on Monday while also leading WCU with 25 total pars. Her classmate Bailey Twiford moved up five positions in the final order over the second 18 holes, finishing with a score of 156 (79-77). Junior Brianna Plummer rounded out WCU’s scoring five in 44th overall with a two-round score of 162 (83-79).
Playing unattached as an individual, junior Hazel Martin finished in a tie for 36th overall with rounds of 82 and 77 for a two-round score of 159.
USC Upstate led both rounds to claim the team championship in the two-round, one-day event, defeating Palmetto State neighbor, Wofford, by eight strokes, 584-to-592. Gardner-Webb (598) finished third followed by WCU (604) and Carson-Newman (607) rounding out the top five teams
Wofford’s Becca Earl posted consecutive rounds under-par, shooting 2-under 70 and 1-under 71 for a 36-hole score of 3-under par, 141, to edge USC Upstate’s Praew Nontarux in the runner-up spot at 143, charging from a tie for 19th after the first round with a 6-under par round of 66.
Western Carolina continues its fall schedule next Monday and Tuesday, Oct 14-15 as it travels to the Hound Ears Club in Boone, N.C., to take part in an intercollegiate that bears the venue’s name hosted by Appalachian State.
4 – Western Carolina – 304-300 = 604
T4 – Maya White – 71-75 = 146
T10 – Madison Isaacson – 76-73 =149
T18 – Victoria Ladd – 78-75 = 153
T27 – Bailee Twiford – 79-77 = 156
44 – Brianna Plummer – 83-79 = 162
T36 – Hazel Martin (ind.) – 82-77 = 159