March 11, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla. - Western Carolina put three golfers inside the individual top 10 en route to winning the 2014 UNF Intercollegiate held at the par-72, 6,144-yard Jacksonville Golf and Country Club. The team championship is the second this season for WCU while also representing the sixth, top 10 and fifth top five of the year.
Western Carolina led the tournament wire-to-wire, finishing 11 strokes ahead of second-place Daytona State, 919-to-930. Host North Florida was third, 14 strokes off the pace at 933 with Eastern Kentucky (941) and Old Dominion (944) rounding out the top five.
WCU sophomore Kristin Swindell carded a final round of two-over par, 74, to finish with a 54-hole score of 226 to finish tied for the runner-up position, pacing the Catamounts. The Bradenton, Fla., native opened her final round at one-under par with a birdie on the par-4 second and five pars through her first six holes. However, she carded three-straight bogies before the turn, shooting two-over on the front nine. Two birdies in the first four holes of the back nine left her even-par before bogies on the par-5 14th and par-3 17th left her at two-over for the day.
Swindell finished with 34 pars to rank tied for fourth in the field.
Taylor Allison shot six-over par, 78, in the final round to finish tied for fifth in the final standings with a two-day total of 228. Allison was four-over par on the front nine at the turn with five bogies and one birdie before shooting two-over on the back, countering three bogies with a birdie.
Freshman Olivia Landino posted a career-best finish, placing tied for seventh with a final score of 230 while sophomore Kim Mitchell finished tied for 24th at 240 and Mariah Hopkins in a tie for 29th at 241.
Allison led the tournament with nine birdies - two more than teammates Mitchell and Landino, who recorded the only eagle in the tournament. As a team, WCU led the tournament field with 30 combined birdies.
Playing unattached as individuals, WCU freshmen Bethany Galloway and Ashley Thompson finished tied for 48th and 74th, respectively. Galloway carded her best round on Tuesday, shooting five-over par, 77, for a total of 249 while Thompson finished with a three-round score of 272.
Daytona State's Tiffany Chan (218) claimed the individual medalist honors by eight strokes over the two-way tie between Swindell and Old Dominion's Kim Bradbury, both with three-round scores of 226.
Western Carolina remains in Florida for its next tournament, the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational at the Eagle Landing Country Club in Jacksonville. The 54-hole event will be contested over three days, March 14-16.