Thompson finished tied for 15th, WCU finished eighth overall
Second round is slated for Monday morning in Lexington, S.C.
54-hole tournament scheduled for three days of competition
Sophomore shoots even-par, 144, over two-day tournament
Natalia Villavicencio paced WCU on Sunday in a tie for third-place
WCU Student-Athletes Visit Mission Children's Hospital and Participate in Sylva Christmas Parade
2016-17 (Senior): Competed in seven of the team's 10 seasonal tournaments, missing action due to a back injury ... Averaged 80.89 strokes per round in her final season ... Posted six rounds in the 70s ... Recorded a seasonal-best finish of tied for 21st at the Terrier Intercollegiate ... Selected to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference team.
2015-16 (Junior): Played in all 10 of the team's tournaments, finishing fourth on the squad with a seasonal stroke average of 78.54 ... 14 of her 28 rounds were shot in the 70s ... Shot her career-low round of 71 at the Pinehurst Challenge in the fall portion of the schedule, finishing with her career-best 54-hole score of 220 to lead the team in scoring ... Recorded her career-best individual finish at The Cliffs Tri-Match, placing in a tie for eighth ... Named Spring Academic All-Southern Conference and to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and received the 2015-16 SoCon Commissioner's Medal ... Selected an All-American Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
2014-15 (Sophomore): Averaged 78.17 scoring through 24 seasonal rounds on the year ... Competed twice as an individual and was among WCU's scoring five the other seven seasonal events ... Finished the season strong with a career-best 10th-place finish at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate before carding her career-low 54-hole tournament score (75-79-73=227) at the SoCon Championship ... Named to the Spring 2015 Academic All-Southern Conference team and to the 2014-15 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Selected an All-American Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
2013-14 (Freshman): Played in seven events as a true freshman, six as an individual competitor ... Tallied four rounds in the 70s ... Made her collegiate debut at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, placing tied for 49th as an individual competitor ... Posted her career-best round of 74 in the third round at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate ... Recorded her career-best finish in a tie for 35th at the Low Country Intercollegiate at the Moss Creek Golf Club ... Was a part of WCU's scoring five at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, finishing tied for 52nd overall ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll ... Selected an All-American Scholar by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
Prior to Western Carolina: Played her high school golf as a member of the boy's team at Ardrey Kell HS ... Was ranked 13th in North Carolina on the junior girls ledgers ... Finished inside the top five at the North Carolina Junior Girls Championship back in June of 2012 before posting a top 10 showing at the Carolinas PGA Junior Championship in July of the same summer ... Placed third at the TGF Sandhills Labor Day Championship and finished fourth at the 4-Tour Challenge back in October, 2012 ... Has shot two hole-in-ones during her lifetime ... Tallied a top 15 individual finish at the Trusted Choice Big "I" Junior Girls Classic ... Is also a two-time club women's champion at Pine Lake Country Club, taking the title in both 2011 and 2012.
Personal: Majoring in Communication.