Feb. 10, 2014
Orlando, Fla. - Two Catamounts carded even-par rounds of 72 on Monday as Western Carolina improved on its opening round 313 by a combined 20 strokes, turning in a second round of 293 at the UCF Challenge hosted at the par-72, 6,349-yard Eagle Creek Golf Club. Through 36 holes, WCU remained in 19th place with a two-day total of 606.
Redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell and sophomore Kim Mitchell - both transfers into the program prior to the fall of 2013 - were even on Monday to show the way for WCU. Swindell, who moved into a tie for 35th, continues to pace the Catamounts at the spring-opening event. Mitchell advanced into a tie for 75th overall.
Again paired with varying tournament individual competitors - five of which coming from the host UCF squad - Western Carolina tees off on the back nine between No. 16 and 18 in Tuesday morning's 8:30 am shotgun start of the third and final round.
Swindell played as low as three-under par on Monday after four birdies through her first eight holes. However, a costly double-bogey on the par-4 ninth left her at one-under with six to play. The Bradenton, Fla., native moved back to even after a bogey on the par-3 11th, and closed her round with both a birdie and a bogey, respectively, on No. 14 and 15. Swindell has a two-day total of 147 overall.
Mitchell likewise sat at three-under par for a large part of her second round. Opening on No. 17, she made the move to the front nine even after pars on the first two holes of her day. The Woodbridge, Va., product played the front nine at three-under with birdies on holes two, six and eight. Yet bogies on three of her final seven holes left her at even-par, 72, and 151 through two rounds.
Sophomore Taylor Allison knocked two strokes off her opening round 77 with a three-over, 75, on Monday to sit in a tie for 80th overall. Allison countered a double-bogey and two bogies with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five is sophomore Mariah Hopkins in a tie for 100th at 159 and freshman Olivia Landino in 104th after a second-round 80 and a two-day score of 162. Hopkins opened her second round strong with par-or-better on her first five holes including a birdie on the par-4 second hole. She carded four birdies in the round.
Tournament host No. 26 UCF continues to pace the field, leading second-place Miami (Fla.) by two strokes entering the final round. The Knights (282-285) are in the clubhouse at 567 while the Hurricanes matched UCF's opening round with a 282 on Monday to erase three of the five-stroke deficit it faced after Monday. The No. 22 Iowa State Cyclones posted a tournament-low team round of 281 on Monday to move into third place, six-strokes in arrears at 573. East Tennessee State (574) and GRU Augusta (579) round out the top five teams.
Fanny Cnops (137) of UCF held onto a one-stroke advantage with a two-under par, 70, on Monday to lead teammate Ashley Holder (138) by a stroke with GRU Augusta's Casey Kennedy slipping one spot into third, two strokes off the pace at 139.
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