April 1, 2013
Morganton, N.C. - Western Carolina, the defending tournament team champion, carded an opening round 314 in Monday's opening round to stand tied for third with Southern Conference-foe, Wofford, at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State at the par-72, 6,493-yard Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club. WCU is eight-strokes off the pace overall, trailing tourney host ASU.
Western Carolina is being paced by a pair of freshmen after 18 of the scheduled 36 holes. Taylor Allison sits in a four-way tie for fifth-place after a first-round score of three-over par, 75, while classmate Mariah Hopkins is tied with one other at seven-over, 79. Sophomore Maria Kjelldorff is one stroke in back of Hopkins after a first-round 80, tied with six others including Catamount freshman Fatima Gonzalez-Carriles in 22nd.
Senior Michelle Bello rounds out WCU's side in a five-way tie for 40th at 83.
Appalachian State shot 306 on the opening 18 holes to take a one-stroke lead over second-place, Winthrop, at 307. The Catamounts and Terriers are tied for third at 314 with Presbyterian rounding out the top five, a stroke in arrears at 315.
Radford's Alexandra Austin, Lauren Smith of Gardner-Webb and Yue Xu of Appalachian State sit tied atop the leaderboard after posting identical rounds of one-over par, 73. The Mountaineers also have the fourth-place golfer in Haley Zagoria with an opening round, 74.
Round two is scheduled for Tuesday morning with complete results to be posted when made available following the conclusion of play.