Cullowhee, N.C. – After having its start to the 2018-19 season delayed because of the effects of Hurricane Florence earlier this fall, the Western Carolina women’s golf team is set to make up for lost time beginning Sunday morning. WCU opens play in the Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Turtle Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island, S.C., on Sunday morning in its first of three-consecutive weeks of competition in three separate tournaments for a combined 144 holes of golf.
Paired with golfers from the tournament-host College of Charleston “B” team and Charleston Southern, WCU’s scoring five is scheduled to hit the course on the back nine beginning at 10:55 am on Sunday morning.
The Catamounts compete in the three-day, 54-hole Palmetto Intercollegiate Oct. 21-23 before playing in Wofford’s Terrier Intercollegiate Oct. 29-30 – a two-day, 36-hole tournament in Spartanburg – an event that was added after ECU’s Pirate Intercollegiate was cancelled. The fall will conclude with the Idle Hour Collegiate Championship, a 54-hole tournament hosted by Mercer in Macon, Ga., Nov. 5-6.
“We’ve worked hard the last few weeks and have had some very good practices. Scores are trending down and the team seems eager to be competing again and I’m excited to see what we can do this week,” said WCU first-year head coach Courtney Gunter. “With us competing three weekends in a row, it will be crucial for us to stay fresh so we can still be playing our best golf as the fall portion of our season concludes in early November.”
In addition to two scoring fives from the host Cougars, the Catamounts, and the aforementioned CSU Buccaneers, the highly competitive 18-team field also includes Campbell, Charlotte, Daytona State College, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, Jacksonville State, Kansas, Marshall, North Florida, UNCG, Troy, Wichita State, Winthrop and Xavier.
The Palmetto Intercollegiate, which began in 1999, will be played for the fifth time in the history of the tournament at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Turtle Point course. Ole Miss won last year’s tournament title with a three-round score of 883 (+19) followed by runner-up Kennesaw State (+27) and third-place Campbell (+29). Diane Lim of Ole Miss was last year’s individual medalist (-3) finishing one-stroke ahead of Mikayla Fitzpatrick of Xavier (-2).
Leading WCU’s scoring five is freshman Amy Wooten with sophomore Maya White teeing-off as the No. 2 seed. Wooten led the Catamounts in the first event this year at the Starmount Fall Classic. Junior Brianna Plummer will play as WCU’s number three, followed by sophomores Hazel Martin and Cameron Wood.
Live scoring is available on online through GolfStat.com with links and recaps following each round provided online at CatamountSports.com.