April 3, 2012
Morganton, N.C. - Led by the second career individual medalist honors for freshman Sofie Kvarnstrom, Western Carolina cruised to a 16-stroke victory over archrival Appalachian State and five other squads at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate concluded Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 5,810-yard Mimosa Hills Country Club.
WCU put three golfers inside the top 10 of the final individual leader board to win its first tournament since claiming the Tribe Invitational, hosted by William & Mary back in October of 2010.
Kvarnstrom carded consecutive rounds of one-over par, 73, to win by three strokes over the second-place tie between Amanda D'Ostroph of Charleston Southern and Wofford's Elizabeth Thompson who both carded two-round scores of 149.
"I am very proud of Sofie (Kvarnstrom) on her two rounds in scoring the individual championship today," said WCU head coach Mallory Hetzel. "She has had a tremendous freshman year with two individual championships. But most of all, I have been very pleased with her consistency for the team, especially here lately."
"Today was a true team win as everyone had a chance to contribute," Hetzel added. "It's nice to have that level of confidence going into the Southern Conference Championship. Mimosa Hills is a wonderful course, but it's not Hilton Head Island. The two have similar course defenses with difficult approaches to the tight greens - so in a small way, it did help prepare us, especially mentally, for the conference event."
Joining Kvarnstrom in the final top 10 were seniors Blaire Minter and Rachel Nelson. Minter trimmed four strokes off her opening round 78 to shoot two-over, 72, on Tuesday to rally into a three-way tie for fifth place in the final standings. Nelson shot four-over, 76, to accompany her first round 77 to finish in eighth place with a 153.
Using the unique scoring format of six golfers playing with five scores counting, WCU's side was rounded out by freshman Katy Kile (76-79=155) in a three-way tie for 13th, followed by freshman Maria Kjelldorff (77-81=158) in a two-way tie for 20th and junior Michelle Bello (82-81=163) amidst a three-way standing for 29th.
Playing unattached as an individual, senior Christina Amoriello finished with rounds of 88 and 82 for 170, tied for 39th in the final standings.
WCU finished with a five-score, two-round tally of 764, following up its opening round team 381 with a 383 on Tuesday. Runner-up - and tournament host - Appalachian State shot 388 and 392 for a total of 780. SoCon-foe Wofford finished third overall, one stroke in arrears of the Mountaineers at 781 while Charleston Southern (788) and Presbyterian (793) rounded out the top five.
Western Carolina returns to action at the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship, hosted at the Moss Creek Country Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., April 15-17. The Catamounts are coming off a fourth-place finish at the event a year ago, the squad's best showing in the championship since winning the 2007 title.