March 8, 2013
Jacksonville, Fla. - Western Carolina's women's golf team fired an opening round 317 to stand in 17th place after the opening round at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational, hosted by James Madison at the Eagle Landing Country Club. The Catamounts were led by freshman Mariah Hopkins who shot three-over, 75, in Friday's opening round.
Round two is scheduled for Saturday morning with the third and final round to be held on Sunday.
Hopkins carded a pair of birdies with one bogie on her front nine, making the turn at one-under par on Friday. The Greensboro, N.C. , native bogeyed three of her first four holes on the back nine, adding one birdie and double-bogey on the par-4 ninth to finish her round at three-over, 75.
Campbell and Southern Conference-foe, Elon, are tied for the team lead after 18 holes, both combining for rounds of five-over, 293. Old Dominion is third, three strokes in arrears at 296 with host James Madison (297) fourth just ahead of a two-way tie for fifth between Kennesaw State and Mississippi State at 300.
Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and East Carolina's Frida Gustafsson Spang both turned in rounds of three-under par, 69, on Friday to lead the 97-golfer field.
Behind Hopkins, WCU sophomore Maria Kjelldorff is tied for 47th after shooting five-over, 77, with freshman Taylor Allison tied for 73rd with a 79 on Friday. Kjelldorff had five bogies with one birdie on her round. Senior Michelle Bello (90th-t) turned in an 86 while freshman Fatima Gonzales Carriles (96th) shot 94.
The second round is scheduled for Saturday morning in Jacksonville, Fla.