April 14, 2013
Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Western Carolina freshman Taylor Allison shot a three-over par 75 on Sunday to stand tied for fifth after 18 holes at the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship being held at the par-72, 5,955-yard North Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club. Western Carolina shot 324 to stand tied ninth, 11 strokes outside of the top five.
The second round will tee off at 8:00 am Monday, with Western Carolina paired with The Citadel to get things started. WCU's scoring five tee off between 8:00 am and 8:40 am.
Allison scored bogey on the par-4 third hole before birdying the par-4 fourth, playing the front nine even in Sunday's opening round. The Elizabeth City, N.C., native birdied the par-3 10th to move to one-under for the tournament, paring the next four holes before closing her round with two bogies and a double on the par-4 18th to shoot three-over. Combined, Allison had 12 pars in the first round.
Freshman Mariah Hopkins posted a 10-over 82 to sit tied for 35th through the first round. She played the front nine at three-over with six pars and three bogies, but carded five bogies and a double-bogey on the back nine. Sophomore Maria Kjelldorff is one stroke in arrears in a tie for 38th at 11-over, 83. The Saltsjobaden, Sweden, product made the turn at even-par, scoring birdie on the par-3 seventh before a bogey on the par-4 ninth. However, she struggled on the back-nine with five bogies and consecutive triple bogies on the 14th and 15th.
Senior Michelle Bello is tied for 43rd with an opening round 84. She posted seven bogies with a triple bogey on the front and double-bogey on the back nine in the opening round. Freshman Fatima Gonzalez-Carriles carded five pars and a birdie, rounding out WCU's scoring five with a 91 on Sunday, 49th in the standings.
Three-time defending champion Chattanooga has a five-stroke lead and Mocs freshman Emily McLennan is tied for the individual lead with Elon freshman Sunna Vidisdottir after the first round. The Mocs shot a 9-over 297 and have all four counting scores in the top five of the individual standings. McLennan, a freshman from Queensland, Australia, shot an even-par 72 to pace Chattanooga, sharing the day-one lead with 14 pars.
Elon's Vidisdottir had 13 pars and an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole in her first round, finishing with an even-par 72. The Reykjavik, Iceland, native and McLennan were the only two golfers in the 50-player field not to shoot over par for the day.
Furman is second after day one, shooting a 14-over 302 Sunday, five strokes off the pace. The Paladins were paced by freshman Valentina Romero's 1-over 73, which put her alone in third place. The top three finishers Sunday were all freshmen.
College of Charleston sits third after shooting a 305, while Samford is fourth at 312. Appalachian State is fifth after day one with a 313, followed by UNCG and Elon in a tie for sixth with matching 315s. Wofford is eighth at 322, while Western Carolina (324) and The Citadel (346) round out the 10-team field.
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