March 16, 2014
Orange Park, Fla. - Western Carolina slipped two spots in the team standings on Saturday, entering Sunday's final round tied for sixth place, just five strokes outside of the top five. The Catamounts followed up their opening round 295 with a team score of 306 for a two-day total of 601.
Catamount sophomores Kristin Swindell and Kim Mitchell are tied for 24th overall to lead the squad, both with matching scores of five-over par, 149. Mitchell, WCU's first-round leader, was poised to make the turn at one-over par before a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth. Three bogies on the back were countered with a second bogey of the second round to leave the Woodbridge, Va., product at five-over.
Swindell slipped into a tie for 24th after shooting a four-over par, 76, on Saturday. The Bradenton, Fla., native started her day at two-under with a pair of birdies through her first five holes before consecutive bogies left her even at the turn. Swindell carded two bogies and a double-bogey on the back for the four-over par round.
Sophomore Mariah Hopkins made a move from a tie for 51st after the opening round into 34th, chopping two strokes off her second-round score to shoot 75 for a two-day total of 152. The Greensboro, N.C., native carded four birdies on Saturday with eight pars.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five is sophomore Taylor Allison in a tie for 39th and freshman Olivia Landino in a tie for 74th. Allison shot a second-round, six-over par 78, while Landino struggled through a second-day 87 for a two-round total of 162.
Playing unattached as individuals, WCU freshman Ashley Thompson is tied for 59th with a two-round score of 157 (77-80) while classmate Bethany Galloway is tied for 77th (81-82=163).Thompson made the turn at two-over par, but finished with five holes of bogey-or-worse on the back to shoot six-over on the back nine, eight-over for the day. Galloway added two more birdies to her tournament total, entering the final round with six overall.
Georgia State pulled out to a three-stroke advantage over first-round leader, Delaware. The Panthers carded a second-round 297 for a total of 589 while the Blue Hens carded a second round 301, slipping to the runner-up spot with a score of 592. SoCon foe Elon is third at 593, with Southern Illinois and another SoCon opponent, Samford, are tied for fourth at 596.
Cassie Rushing of Southern Illinois moved to the top of the individual leader board with a second -round, two-under par 70 to hold a one-stroke advantage over the two-way tie for second between Tiffany Chan of Daytona State and Elon's Sunna Vidisdottir at 144.
Paired with golfers from Daytona State and Morehead State, WCU's scoring five tees off on Sunday morning on the front nine beginning at 8:00 am. The two Catamount individuals, Thompson (9:48 am) and Galloway (10:15 am), go off on the back nine for their final rounds.
Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.