March 30, 2014
Morganton, N.C. - Western Carolina redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell sits among a six-way tie for first place after 18 of the scheduled 36 holes at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State at the par-72, 6,010-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. With three golfers inside the individual top 20, the Catamounts are in second place after turning in a team round of 321 on Sunday.
Blustery conditions in Morganton made things very difficult on Sunday. Steady winds around 25-to-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph nearly forced the postponement of the opening round. Teams will tee-off in the second and final round on Monday morning with a 9:00 am shotgun start.
Swindell, one event removed from her first collegiate individual medalist honors, posted a five-over par, 77, on a windy day in the foothills to match five other golfers for the best round. Freshman Olivia Landino is tied for 12th overall after shooting eight-over par, 80, with sophomore Kim Mitchell in a tie for 19th-place with an opening round, 81.
High Point carded a team score of 313 on Sunday to lead the 13-team field, eight strokes ahead of the second-place Catamounts. Gardner-Webb is third, one stroke behind WCU at 322 with Bethune-Cookman (323) and Winthrop (325) rounding out the top five.
Among the other Southern Conference schools in the field, Wofford sits in sixth place at 330 with host Appalachian State (338) in 10th and The Citadel in 11th after shooting 346.