Macon, Ga. – Western Carolina women’s golf was able to rebound three positions in the team standings in Monday afternoon’s second round at the Idle Hour Collegiate, sitting in 13th place overall with one final round in the fall portion of the schedule remaining.
WCU bounced back from a first-round score of 324 that relegated the Catamounts to the bottom of the leader board in the 16-team field. However, only seven teams shot better than WCU in the second round leaving the Catamounts just 10 strokes outside the top 10.
Paired with golfers from Boise State and Radford in threesomes, WCU’s scoring five will be spread between holes No. 13 and 15 in Tuesday’s 8:00 am shotgun start. Live scoring of the final 18 holes is available online at www.BirdieFire.com.
Sophomore Madison Isaacson leads the Western Carolina scoring five in a tie for 26th with consecutive rounds in the mid-70s including a 78 over the opening 18 holes and two strokes better in the second round at 4-over par, 76. Isaacson had a pair of birdies in the first round but was hampered by four bogeys and two double-bogeys, one aside. Over the second 18 holes, the Greensboro, N.C., native countered five bogeys with her third birdie of the day to shoot 4-over par.
Junior Hazel Martin is tied for 45th in the standings at 157 while senior Brianna Plummer is two strokes back in a tie for 48th overall at 159. Martin was seven strokes better in her second round, encumbered by seven scores over par with just one birdie over the opening 18 holes before countering six bogeys with three birdies in the second round. Plummer bounced back from a 10-over round to open the day, carding one birdie, to a 5-over second round charting two birdies in the afternoon.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five are junior Maya White in a tie for 59th at 160 and freshman Bailee Twiford in a tie for 76th at 165. White birdied the par-5 17th twice on Monday while Twiford had one birdie over the 36-hole day.
Charlotte carries a healthy, 14-stroke lead over tournament-host, Mercer, into the final round on Tuesday morning. The 49ers had four of their scoring five golfers within the top 10 individually to post a two-round score of 1-under par 575 on Monday while the Bears are in the runner-up spot at 589. Troy is another eight strokes in arrears in third place at 597, with Georgia Southern (602) and Seton Hall (604) rounding out the top five.
Cecilie Finne-Ipsen of Charlotte leads the 90-golfer field by four strokes over a two-way tie for second between Mercer’s Laila Hrindova and Mia Kness of Seton Hall. Finne-Ipsen posted rounds of 69 and 67 for a two-round score of 8-under par 136 ahead of the tie at 4-under par, 140.
Complete results and a recap of the final round will be made available online at CatamountSports.com on Tuesday.
13 – Western Carolina – 324-306 = 630 (+54)
T26 – Madison Isaacson – 78-76 = 154 (+10)
T45 – Hazel Martin – 82-75 = 157 (+13)
T48 – Brianna Plummer – 82-77 = 159 (+15)
T59 – Maya White – 82-78 = 160 (+16)
T76 – Bailee Twiford – 83-82 = 165 (+21)