March 17, 2013
Ocala, Fla. - With two golfers inside the individual top 25 through the opening 18 holes, the Western Carolina women's golf team stands in a two-way tie for eighth out of the 14-team field at the MSU Ocala Spring Invitational, hosted by Morehead State at the par-72, 6,113-yard Juliette Falls Golf Resort.
Sophomore Maria Kjelldorff and freshman Mariah Hopkins carded matching scores of four-over par 76 on Sunday to stand tied with six others for 24th-place in the individual standings. The duo both shot plus-two, 38, on both the front and back nines in the first round.
The tournament's second round gets underway with set tee times beginning at 8:00 am on Monday morning. Paired with golfers from Daytona State College and McNeese State, WCU's first golfer hits the links on the first hole with an 8:09 am tee-time with the final Catamount opening her second round at 8:45 am.
Behind Kjelldorff and Hopkins, freshman Taylor Allison recovered from a six-over par on the front nine to shoot one-over, 37, on the back for an opening round 79, tied for 42nd in the standings. Another rookie Fatima Gonzales-Carriles, is tied for 57th after an opening round 81 with senior Michelle Bello in 82nd overall with a first round 92.
Kara Brinkmann from Ohio University fired a three-under par 69 on Sunday to lead the 82 golfer field, one stroke ahead of second-place Samantha Moyal of Rutgers at two-under, 70. Mercer put two individual golfers in a three-way tie for third place in Lacey Fears and Kaitlin Marrin, along with Toledo's Kate Hoops, at one-under 71 to lead the field.
The Bears carded a team five-over par, 293, to lead second-place Stetson by four strokes at 297. Toledo is third at 298 followed by the tournament host Morehead State in fourth at 302. Western Kentucky and Appalachian State are tied for fifth after opening rounds of 303.
Round two of the 54-hole event is slated for Monday with the final round scheduled for Tuesday