April 5, 2010
Morganton, N.C. - Elon carded an opening round 305 to lead tournament-host Western Carolina by a stroke after Monday's opening round of the 2010 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate at the par-72, 5,869-yard Mimosa Hills Golf Club. Wofford's Sara Hurt leads the 78-golfer field after shooting an even-par 72 over the opening 18 holes under beautiful clear spring skies and summer-like temperatures.
The second and final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning with a shotgun start beginning at 9:30 am.
Hurt carded three birdies and an eagle during her opening round 72 to lead by a stroke over second-place Carolina Sweet (73) from William & Mary. Playing as individuals, teammates Cindel Gwyn and Julie Saleeby of North Carolina State both shot two-over 74 to stand tied for third in the individual standings.
Behind the Phoenix and Catamounts, a third Southern Conference team in Appalachian State is third, three strokes in arrears of the leader at 308. William & Mary (312) and a fourth SoCon school, Wofford (313) round out the top five teams.
Sophomore Blaire Minter shot a three-over 75 to lead the Catamounts, entering the second day amidst a five-way tie for fifth place just three strokes off the overall individual lead. Junior Josefine Sundh, freshman Malin Jansson and sophomore Rachel Nelson each carded a five-over, 77, to stand two strokes back in a tie for 14th.
Sundh was tied with NCSU's Saleeby with 14 pars over the first 18 holes.
Rounding out WCU's scorers was senior Desiree Karlsson who shot 78 to stand tied for 24th.
Western Carolina and Richmond tied for a tournament-high 54 pars, with the Catamounts leading in par-5 scoring at three-under, 4.85. William & Mary and Tennessee Tech both recorded 11 birdies collectively to lead the tournament.
Complete results and recap of Tuesday's final round will be made available after the conclusion of the tournament tomorrow evening.