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Minter Moves into Top 10; WCU Tied for Sixth at SoCon Championship

Senior Rachel Nelson (pictured) and classmate Blaire Minter continue to lead the Catamounts at the 2012 SoCon Championship. (Photo courtesy of Todd Drexler,

April 16, 2012

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Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Western Carolina senior Blaire Mintermoved into eighth place to lead the Catamounts which slipped into a two-way tie for sixth-place Monday afternoon at the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship being held on the North Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club.

First-round leader, UNCG, maintains a four-stroke lead over hard-charging Chattanooga in second place after two rounds. The Mocs improved by 14 strokes collectively to move from a sixth-place tie to the runner-up spot thanks in part to having the top two in the individual standings.

UTC's Jordan Britt is atop the player leader board at 148 (+4) after firing the lone red number of the day at one-under, 71, in the second round. She is followed by teammate Maria Juliana Loza and Furman's Alexa Rancourt who are tied for the second spot at 151 (+7).

Paired with golfers from Appalachian State, WCU's scoring five will hit the course on the back nine beginning at 8:50 am with the final Catamount teeing off at 9:30 am in the final tee time of the tournament.

Minter (155) paced the squad in eighth place and classmate Rachel Nelson(158) stands in a tie for 14th for the Catamounts after the second round. After countering two bogies with a birdie with five pars through her first eight holes, Minter was poised to make the turn at one-over until a double-bogey on the par-4 ninth relegated her to three-over. The Marietta, Ga., native played the first four holes of the back nine even before three bogies between the 14th and 17th left her at six over before she managed a to birdie the final hole to shoot five-over, 77.

Nelson carded five pars against four bogies on her front nine Monday before a double-bogey on the par-4, No. 11 left her at six over. She rebounded to birdie the par-4 12th, closing her round with two more bogies to shoot the same 79 as she carded in the opening round.

Freshman Sofie Kvarnstromturned in a nine-over, 81, on Monday by posting 10 pars. However, after making the turn at four-over, the Orebro, Sweden, native scored bogey on five of the first six holes of the back nine to move to nine-over with three to play. She was able to bear down, shooting par on the final three holes of her round.

Rounding out WCU's scorers on Monday was freshman Maria Kjelldorf (164) with a 13-over, 85, and junior Michelle Bellowith a 15-over, 87. Bello, who has a two-day total of 166, was even through the first five holes, but struggled with bogey-or-worse on her final four of the front nine and two of the first three on the back.

In the overall team competition, UNCG fired a 310 (+22) in the second round, followed closely by UTC which shot a 620 (+15). College of Charleston rounds out the top three with a score of 631 (+55).

Behind the top three, UNCG's Ana Lucia Martinez stands in fourth place with a score of 152 (+8) after shooting a 74 (+2). UNCG's Begona Sarabia, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, shot a 79 in the second round to put her tied for fifth with a score of 153 (+7).

Furman, which finished in third place after the first day, drops to fourth with a score of 633 (+57). Samford moves into fifth and is close behind the Paladins with 636 (+60). Western Carolina and Elon are tied for sixth place at 637 (+61). Appalachian State, Wofford and The Citadel round out the team leader board with scores of 638 (+62), 650 (+74) and 697 (+121), respectively.

The final round of the championship will begin Monday morning at 8 a.m. ET with results updated every three holes at The 54-hole championship will conclude on Tuesday.