April 2, 2013
Morganton, N.C. - Western Carolina sophomore Maria Kjelldorff advanced 15 positions in the final standings, rallying for her second-consecutive top 10 individual finish of the season as the Catamounts came home in fifth at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State and concluded Tuesday at the par-72, 6,493-yard Mimosa Hills Golf & Country Club.
Opening her second round tied for 22nd overall, Kjelldorff followed-up her opening round 80 with a three-over par 75 on Tuesday to shoot 11-over, 155. The Saltsojabden, Sweden, native rallied to finish in a five-way tie for seventh-place. Coupled with sharing the individual medalist honors in WCU's last event at the Low Country Intercollegiate, Kjelldorff has back-to-back top 10 finishes.
WCU freshman Taylor Allison slipped into a four-way tie for 12th-place after shooting 81 on Tuesday for a two-day score of 156 with classmate Mariah Hopkins posting consecutive rounds of 79 to place tied for 20th at 158. Allison shot a team-low round of 75 in the opening round with Kjelldorff matching her in the second round.
Senior Michelle Bello knocked two strokes off her opening round, shooting 81 on Tuesday to finish tied for 38th with freshman teammate Fatima Gonzalez-Carriles. The two shot 164 in the 36-hole event and were tied with two others in the final standings.
Tournament host Appalachian State claimed the team title by 10 strokes over runner-up, Winthrop, 610-to-620. Jacksonville State finished tied with Southern Conference foe, Wofford, at 629, one stroke ahead of WCU in fifth place overall at 630 through the two-day event.
Winthrop's Meagan Wallace claimed individual medalist honors, posting a one-under round of 71 on Tuesday for a 36-hole score of 146 to edge ASU's Yue Xu by two strokes at 148 and her third-place teammate, Haley Zagoria, at 149. Xu entered the final day tied with two others for first place before Wallace rallied to claim the crown.
Western Carolina now turns its attention to the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship, scheduled for April 14-16 on the North Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The Catamounts look to improve upon their sixth-place finish from the 2012 event at the same venue.