March 14, 2014
Orange Park, Fla. - The Western Carolina women's golf team carded an opening round 295 to sit in fourth place, just four strokes off the pace at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational at the par-72, 6,282-yard, Eagle Landing Golf Club. Catamount sophomore Kim Mitchell posted an even-par, 72, to lead the WCU scoring five, three strokes in arrears of the tournament leaders in a tie for sixth.
The second round gets underway with tee times at 8:00 am on both the front and back nine. WCU's golfers tee off on the front nine beginning at 8:45 am with the two Catamount individuals going off the back nine beginning at 9:30 am.
Live scoring is available online through GolfStatResults.com.
Mitchell countered two bogies with a pair of birdies on Friday, moving to one-under par six holes into her opening round. She made the turn at one-under before a bogey on the par-5 10th moved her back to even. A birdie on the par-4 11th kept her at one-under for the round before a second bogey on the par-3 16th moved her back to even, tied with five others for sixth.
Fresh off her runner-up finish at the UNF Intercollegiate, redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell is tied for 12th after shooting one-over par, 73. Playing in her home state of Florida, the Bradenton native twice shot bogey on the front nine only to rebound with a birdie. She bogeyed the par-4 fourth but birdied the par-5 fifth to return back to even. Swindell again bogeyed the par-4 eighth but scored birdie on the par-4 ninth to make the turn even par. A bogey on the par-5 10th left her at one over as she shot even-par the final eight holes.
Sophomore Taylor Allison and freshman Olivia Landino turned in rounds of three-over par, 75, to both stand tied for 34th in the 93 golfer field. Allison charted a trio of bogies on Friday while Landino opened play two-under par through seven holes only to finish with a pair of double bogies and one bogey in her final 11 for the three-over, 73.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five is sophomore Mariah Hopkins, shooting five-over par, 77, to sit in a nine-way tie for 51st overall. Hopkins was just one-over par through 12 holes after a birdie on the par-4 12th. However, she finished with two bogies and a double-bogey in her final four holes of the day.
Playing unattached as individuals, WCU freshman Ashley Thompson shot five-over par, 77, to match her teammate Hopkins, while freshman Bethany Galloway is tied for 73rd overall with a first round 81. Thompson shot one-over par on the front nine, carrying that score through her first 14 holes. However, she closed the round with four-straight bogies to end up at 77.
Galloway carded a team-high four birdies on Friday, but had 10 holes of bogey-or-worse.
Delaware leads the 16-team field after a team opening round of three-over par, 291. Georgia State is second just a stroke back at 292, followed by Elon (293), Western Carolina (295) and Southern Illinois (296) rounding out the top five. Other notable SoCon schools include Wofford tied for sixth at 300, Samford tied for 10th at 303 and UNCG in a tie for 13th at 306.
SoCon golfers Berglind Bjornsdottir of UNCG and Elon's Emily Brooks rank tied atop the individual standings after matching rounds of three-under par, 69.