March 26, 2012
Stockbridge, Ga. - Senior Blaire Minter carded rounds of three-under, 69, and even-par 72 on Monday to lead Western Carolina to fifth-place after 36 holes at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia State at the par-72, 6,047-yard Eagle's Landing Country Club. WCU shot the lowest round of its spring semester with a nine-over, 297, following it with a round of 300 to post a 597, 12-strokes off the tournament lead.
Paired with golfers from Mississippi State and Jacksonville State, Western Carolina's scoring five will tee off beginning at 9:30 am on Tuesday morning with the round officially getting underway at 8:30 am. Live scoring of the round is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Minter fired her career-low round of 69 on the opening 18 holes on Monday to lead the Catamounts and stand tied atop the individual leader board. The Marietta, Ga., native carded five birdies during her opening round including three-straight to close her first nine holes to make the turn at three-under. Minter scored bogey on the par-4 second hole, but rallied to birdie the next hole and finished with six-straight pars to close her first round at 69.
In the second round, Minter countered three bogies with a trio of birdies to shoot even. She was as low as two-under through 12 holes, but bogies on the par-3 fourth and par-4 seventh left her even on the day.
Freshman Sofie Kvarnstrom shot rounds of 75 and 76 to stand amidst a three-way tie for 22nd after the first day for the Catamounts. Kvarnstrom erased one of two double-bogies with a pair of birdies on the front nine during her first round, shooting four-over on her second 18 holes with four birdies against three double bogies and two bogies.
Rounding out WCU's side were freshman Maria Kjelldorff in a tie for 35th at 155 followed by senior Rachel Nelson and junior Michelle Bello in a tie for 38th, one-stroke in arrears. Kjelldorff had one tough hole during her second round, shooting four-over on the par-5 sixth hole to relegate her to five-over (77) for the round.
Bello carded an Eagle on the par-5 18th to make her way to the front nine at two-under par, but posted five bogies over her final 11 holes to shoot three-over, 75, on her opening 18 holes. Nelson carded 21 par scores over her 36-hole day, posting two birdies and 13 bogey-or-worse scores. She was able to trim six strokes off her opening round 81 to shoot 75 in the second round.
Playing as individuals, freshman Katy Kile is tied for 35th overall after rounds of 80 and 75 to shoot 155, while senior Christina Amoriello posted just one round, shooting 86 on the second 18 holes. Kile added three birdies to her second round to take five strokes off the second 18 holes.
East Tennessee State leads the 11-team field with a two-round score of 585, three strokes ahead of second-place Maryland at 588. Mississippi State and Campbell are tied for third at 592, just ahead of the Catamounts in fifth at 597.
ETSU teammates Sian Evans and Gabriella Wahl occupy the top two spots in the individual leader board, shooting 139 and 140, respectively. Minter stands tied with Mississippi State's Ally McDonald for third with the two paired together in Tuesday's final round.