March 9, 2013
Jacksonville, Fla. - Catamount freshman Mariah Hopkins stands in a tie for 31st after 36 holes to lead Western Carolina at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational, hosted by James Madison at the Eagle Landing Country Club. WCU remains in 17th place in the team standings entering Sunday's final round.
WCU shot a collective 322 in the second round for a two-day total of 639 overall.
Hopkins shot a four-over 76 in the second round for a two-day total of 151. For a second-straight day, the Greensboro, N.C., native posted a one-under on the back nine, making the turn with two birdies against one bogey. A second bogey on the par-4 first hole as she made her turn on Saturday dropped her to even par. She remained even before finishing her round with a double-bogey and back-to-back one-over bogies on her among her final three holes.
Behind Hopkins, classmate Taylor Allison is tied for 69th after matching her opening round 79 with the seven-over again on Saturday. Allison had seven bogies and one double against two birdies in the second round.
First-round co-leader Campbell took sole possession of the top spot on the team leader board, trimming three strokes off its opening round 293 to shoot 290 on Saturday to pull out to a seven-stroke advantage over second-place Elon, 583-590. East Carolina moved five spots into third, one stroke in arrears of the runner-up position at 591, followed by James Madison (593) and Chattanooga (597), which advanced three spots with a second-round team 295.
East Carolina's Frida Gustafsson Spang, who was tied for the individual lead after the opening round, took a two-stroke lead over second-place Tahnia Ravnjak of Campbell, 139-to-141. First-round co-leader Ally McDonald of Mississippi State slipped to third after a two-over 74, two strokes off the pace at 143.
The third and final round is scheduled for Sunday.