March 11, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla. - With three players inside the individual top five, the Western Carolina women's golf team paces the 14-team by five strokes after 36 of the 54 holes at the UNF Intercollegiate, hosted by North Florida at the par-72, 6,144-yard Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. WCU carded rounds of 305 and 308 for a combined 613, to lead tournament host North Florida entering Tuesday's final round.
Sophomore Taylor Allison paced the trio of Catamounts inside the top five with a two-round score of 150 (79 and 71). The Elizabeth City, N.C., native countered seven holes of bogey-or-worse with a pair of birdies in the first round before posting five birdies against four bogies in the second to shoot one-under par, 71.
Allison is followed closely by teammates Kristin Swindell and Olivia Landino in a four-way tie for fourth-place at 152. Swindell carded three birdies in the opening 36 holes, shooting one-over par 73 and seven-over 79 while Landino likewise finished with rounds of 73 and 79. Landino, a freshman from Hermitage, Pa., charted five birdies and an eagle on the par-4 11th in the opening 18 holes on Monday.
WCU had two individuals in competition on Monday with freshmen Bethany Galloway and Ashley Thompson playing unattached. Galloway sits in a tie for 64th overall after rounds of 85 and 87 for a total of 172. Thompson is seven-strokes back in a tie for 73rd overall after charting rounds of 90 and 89.
Behind WCU's 613 and UNF's opening round of 618, Eastern Kentucky is four additional strokes off the pace in third at 622. Daytona State shot 624 to enter the final 18 holes in fourth place while Old Dominion rounds out the top five at 628.
Tiffany Chan of Daytona State posted rounds of two-under par 70 and four-over par, 76, for a two-round score of two-over par, 146, to lead the 83 golfer field. ODU's Elizabeth Haycock is two strokes off the pace with consecutive rounds of 74 for a 148. Allison is four strokes off the lead at 150 ahead of the four-way tie for fourth.
Paired with golfers from its nearest two competitors, UNF and Eastern Kentucky, WCU's scoring five tees off on the front nine between holes number one and three with an 8:30 am shotgun start. The two Catamount individuals start on the back nine with Galloway starting on No. 16 and Thompson on the 18th.