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Hopkins Finishes Tied for Fourth, WCU Fifth at 2014 SoCon Championship

Freshman Olivia Landino during Tuesday's rainy third round. Landino was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team after the event. (Photo courtesy of

April 15, 2014

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Hilton Head, S.C. - Western Carolina sophomore Mariah Hopkins posted her best finish of the season, leading Western Carolina in a tie for fourth place as the Catamounts placed fifth at the 2014 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship concluded amidst rain showers on Tuesday on the North Course of the Moss Creek Golf Club.

Hopkins' top five finish was the first for a Catamount women's golfer at the conference championship event since 2011 when Tiffany Schisler finished fifth overall.

Following the event, Western Carolina redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell was named to the post-season All-Southern Conference team with freshman Olivia Landino selected SoCon All-Freshman. The two selections were the first for WCU since 2012.

Hopkins carded a final round score of four-over par, 76, to shoot 231 for the 54-hole event. The Greensboro, N.C., product played her first four holes even before a bogey on the par-4 ninth left her at one-over headed to the back nine. She battled through two double bogies and a bogey on holes 10 through 18, countering with a pair of birdies before closing the round with four-consecutive pars.

Sophomore Taylor Allison finished tied for 20th after carding a final round, 83, turning in seven-straight holes of bogey-or-worse on the back nine amidst tough playing conditions. A native of Elizabeth City, N.C., Allison had two birdies in her final round including the first hole of the day, finishing with a three-day score of 239.

Freshman Olivia Landino, who paced the team after the opening round, finished in 23rd overall after a final round 85 for a three-day score of 241. Rounding out the Catamount scoring five were sophomore Kim Mitchell in 30th at 248 and freshman Ashley Thompson in a tie for 32nd with a three-round score of 252.

Chattanooga rallied past two-round leader, Furman, to claim the overall team championship by five strokes. UTC, which trailed Furman by seven strokes after day one but closed the gap to a single stroke on Monday, overcame the soggy conditions Tuesday to claim a five-stroke victory over the Paladins. Chattanooga finished with a team score of 915 (312-295-308), while Furman posted its second straight runner-up finish at 920 (305-301-314).

Each of the Mocs' five consecutive titles has come on Moss Creek's North Course.

Samford turned in its best-ever SoCon finish, wrapping up in third place at 936 (312-309-315), while Elon finished fourth at 945 (318-302-325). Western Carolina (325-300-330=955), Wofford (326-315-315=956), Appalachian State (331-313-346=990), UNCG (337-319-339=995) and The Citadel (327-324-347=998) completed the team standings

The Mocs' Emily McLennan battled through the cold and rain to claim individual medalist honors, giving Chattanooga its fourth different individual champion in as many years. McLennan finished with a six-over par, 222, over the three-day event. She finished four strokes ahead of second-place Taylor Totland from Furman who shot 226 with UTC's Jordan Britt in third at 229.

All-Southern Conference Team
Kelsey Badmaev, Elon
Sunna Vidisdottir, Elon
Valentina Romero, Furman
Taylor Totland, Furman
Bailey Gray, Samford
Jordan Britt, Chattanooga
Emily McLennan, Chattanooga
Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga
Kristin Swindell, Western Carolina
Lauren Dunbar, Wofford

All-Freshman Team
Kelsey Badmaev, Elon
Taylor Totland, Furman
Sydney Needham, Samford
Olivia Landino, Western Carolina
Katy Funk, Wofford

Player of the Year
Jordan Britt, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year
Taylor Totland, Furman

Coach of the Year
Colette Murray, Chattanooga