March 27, 2012
Stockbridge, Ga. - Senior Blaire Minter posted her first top-10 finish of the spring season, pacing Western Carolina to a fifth-place finish at the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia State at the par-72, 6,047-yard Eagle's Landing Country Club. Minter finished tied for sixth-place with a three-round score of 218 while the Catamounts shot 299 on Tuesday to finish at 896 overall.
The Univ. of Maryland earned a six-stroke victory over Mississippi State, 885-to-891, while East Tennessee State's Gabriella Wahl earned the individual medalist honors with an impressive 7-under, 209. ETSU finished third in the team standings at 892 followed by Campbell in fourth at 895, just edging the Catamounts in fifth place.
Wahl edged Mississippi State's Ally McDonald by three strokes in the runner-up position.
Entering the final round in a tie for third place, Minter carded five bogies against 13 pars over the final 18 holes to shoot 77 on Tuesday. The Marietta, Ga., native carded her career-low round over the first 18 holes on Monday, backing it up with an even-par, 72. Minter made the turn at three-over, closing the back nine with consecutive bogies. She was poised to finish at four-over, but a bogey on the par-4 ninth hole relegated her to two-over on the front, five for the day.
Freshman Sofie Kvarnstrom shot the team's low round of the final day at 71, rallying from a tie for 22nd to record a top-10 finish - the second of her collegiate career and first since the season-opening event. Kvarnstrom played the first eight holes of the back nine even before a bogie on the par-5 18th left her at one-over at the turn.
Kvarnstrom moved to two-over with a second-consecutive bogie on the first hole of the front nine, but the Orebro, Sweden, product finished strong with three-straight birdies on holes No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8 to move to one-under, 71, for the round.
Senior Rachel Nelson also posted a final-round run towards the top of the leader board, moving from a tie for 38th to finish tied for 25th overall at 13-over, 229. Nelson finished her last 18 holes at one-over, 73, to cap her tournament, posting three bogies and a pair of birdies.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were freshman Maria Kjelldorff in 32nd at 233 and junior Michelle Bello in a tie for 43rd at 238. Kjelldorff had a busy round with four bogies on both the front and back nine, countering with a pair of birdies on the front for the six-over, 78. Bello likewise had a busy day on the scorecard with six bogies and a pair of doubles in the 10-over, 82.
Playing unattached as individuals, freshman Katy Kile shot 82 on Tuesday to finish at 237 (80-75-82) while senior Christina Amoriello turned in cards for two rounds, shooting 86 on the second 18 Monday and 81 on Tuesday.
Western Carolina is scheduled to have one more tune-up event prior to the Southern Conference Championship at Hilton Head Island on April 15-17. The Catamounts travel to Morganton, N.C., and the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate on April 2-3 for a 36-hole event.