April 2, 2012
Morganton, N.C. - Paced by true freshman Sofie Kvarnstrom with a one-over par, 73, on Monday, the Western Carolina women's golf team leads archrival Appalachian State by seven strokes after the first of two rounds of the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate being contested at the par-72, 5,810-yard Mimosa Hills Country Club.
Kvarnstrom leads a three-way tie for the runner-up spot between Presbyterian's Kasay Holbrook and Kalie Goodman, with Brittany Zachrich from Appalachian State all a stroke in arrears after all shooting opening rounds of two-over, 74. All told, there are 10 golfers within
The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday with a shotgun start beginning at 9:30 am.
WCU leads the seven-team field in a unique format with six players comprising a team with five golfers making up the overall scoring - a format that is more commonly used in men's golf tournament play. Traditional women's collegiate golf tournaments are played with five-member squads with the best four scores of each round combined to comprise the team's score.
The Catamount scoring five combined for a 381 on Monday, with the Mountaineers in second place at 388. Fellow Southern Conference foe, Wofford, is in third at 394 followed by Presbyterian (398) and Charleston Southern (400) rounding out the top five teams.
Freshman Katy Kile gives WCU two golfers in the top five individuals at the midway point with a three-over par, 76, on Monday. Senior Rachel Nelson and freshman teammate Maria Kjelldorff posted rounds of five-over, 77, on Monday to stand in a three-way tie for 11th overall while senior Blaire Minter is one-stroke back - and five strokes off the pace - at 78. Rounding out WCU's side is junior Michelle Bello in a tie for 25th at 85.
Playing as an individual, WCU senior Christina Amoriello is tied for 41st after shooting 88.
The final round of the final tune-up event prior to the SoCon Championship, April 15-17, is scheduled for Tuesday morning.