March 10, 2013
JMU / Eagle Landing Final Results
Jacksonville, Fla. - Western Carolina completed play in the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational on Sunday, rounding out the 54-hole event in 17th place after carding a final round 317 for a three-day total of 956 at the Eagle Landing Country Club.
WCU was paced by a pair of freshmen as Mariah Hopkins finished tied for 53rd at 233 (75-76-82) while classmate Taylor Allison was two strokes back in a tie for 58th at 235 for the tournament.
Allison trimmed two strokes off a pair of 79's she carded in the first two rounds to fire a five-over, 77, on Sunday. The Elizabeth City, N.C., product played her back nine at one-over, birdying her first hole of the day. Including two bogies on the final two holes of her back, posted bogies on six of her final 11 holes.
Hopkins carded six bogies in her final round with two costly double bogies on the first and third holes after playing the back nine at four-over par.
WCU sophomore Maria Kjelldorff posted the team's best final round score of four-over par 76 on Sunday, finishing the event at 236 (77-83-76), tied for 66th. Kjelldorff made the turn on Sunday at two-over par after posting three bogies and one birdie on the back nine. She pulled back to one-over with a birdie on the par-4 third hole, but bogeyed the sixth and shot double-bogey on the eighth to finish at four-over in the final round.
Rounding out WCU's finishing order was senior Michelle Bello in a tie for 93rd at 254 (86-84-84) and freshman Fatima Gonzalez-Carriles in 95th at 260 (94-84-82).
Campbell claimed the team championship on Sunday, holding at least a share of the top spot in all three rounds. The Camels won the title by 21 strokes over runner-up Mississippi State, 870-to-891. East Carolina finished third, six strokes behind second place at 897 followed by James Madison (903) and a two-way tie for fifth between East Tennessee and Chattanooga at 907.
East Carolina's Frida Gustafsson Spang completed her run at the top of the individual leader board, claiming the medalist honors as only four golfers finished even-par or better in the event. Spang finished the tournament at four-under 212 to edge the second-place tie between Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and Campbell's Lisbeth Brooks at one-under, 215.
Western Carolina returns to the Sunshine State next weekend, March 17-19, for the Ocala Spring Invitational hosted by Morehead State at the Juliette Falls Country Club in Ocala, Fla.