Kandy Carland joined the Western Carolina women's golf coaching staff prior to the 2008-09 season. A four-year letter-winner, Carland finished her career ranked 12th on Western's career scoring charts. She was twice named Southern Conference Women's Golfer of the Week - one of only four WCU women's golfers to ever achieve the honor and only one of two to earn the award twice. Carland had five career top-10 individual finishes including winning the High Point Spring Invitational and posted a runner-up finish in the 2007 SoCon Women's Golf Championship.
Western Carolina Playing Career Highlights:
2007-2008: Had her senior season cut short due to injury, playing in just seven of the 10 scheduled events, withdrawing early from the seventh ... Finished her final season with a 81.94 seasonal stroke average.
2006-2007: Played in all 12 events on the season, one of only three players on the team to accomplish that feat...Recorded her highest Southern Conference Championships finish of her career, falling in a play-off to finish in second, the highest finish by a WCU golfer this season ... Ended the season with a 78.14 single round average, good for 18th all-time...During the season, shot two of the top 20 best two-round scores in WCU history...Finished second overall at the Cincinnati Fall Classic...Was the top team finisher at the Shamrock Invitational at Winthrop, placing fourth overall...Added her fourth top-10 on the year with a sixth place finish in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, helping the host Catamounts to a team victory...Shot her low round of 73 twice during the season.
2005-06: Competed in ten out of eleven events and tied for fifth in the SoCon Championship with her career best of round of 72...During the fall, she competed in five events with 11 rounds ... In the spring she competed in five events with 11 rounds ... she shot a 77 and 75 in the High Point Spring Invitational to earn individual medalist honors.
2004-2005: Competed in all 10 events and finished tied for 29th in her first-ever trip to the SoCon Championships ... During the fall, she competed in all 15 rounds of the six events as a first-semester freshman ... Fired a low round of 75 at the rain-shortened Wachovia/Great Smokies intercollegiate where she also recorded her best career overall finish, placing in a tie for 16th individually.
High School: Was part of the first-ever girl's golf team at West Henderson High school to go undefeated during the regular season ... Qualified for the North Carolina State High School Tournament sophomore through senior hears, finishing 17th, 13th, and 4th as an individually those repsoective seasons ...Was named All-Western North Carolina by the Asheville Citizen-Times her junior year and was selected Kiwanis All-Star her senior season.