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WCU Women's Golf Finishes Ninth at 2013 SoCon Championship

Senior Michelle Bello played in her final collegiate event for WCU at the 2013 SoCon Women's Golf Championship.

April 16, 2013

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Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Western Carolina was led by true freshman Taylor Allison who finished tied for 12th overall in her first trip to the Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship which wrapped up Tuesday afternoon at the Moss Creek Golf Club. The Catamounts finished ninth overall with a three-round score of 969.

Allison finished with an eight-over par 80 on her final round at the par-72, 5,955-yard North Course at Moss Creek for a three-day total of 230 - the second-best, 54-hole score of her rookie season. She posted scores of three-over 75 in the first two rounds of the event. The Elizabeth City, N.C., native finished among the tournament leaders with 34 pars while also carding five birdies.

Starting on the back nine for her final round, Allison played the first four holes of her day at even par before scoring double-bogey on the par-4 No. 14 for the second-consecutive day. Three-straight bogies on the final three holes of her opening nine left her making the turn at five-over par. The freshman carded six pars but three more bogies on the front nine to shoot eight-over for the round.

Like Allison, all four of WCU's countable scorers started on the back nine on Tuesday, each shooting five-over par on their opening nine holes.

Sophomore Maria Kjelldorff came home 37th overall with a three-round score of 244, shooting 12-over par 84 on Tuesday to accompany her opening round of 83 and Monday's score of 77. Kjelldorff played the back nine at five-over par with three bogies and a double on the par-4 No. 13. However, a triple-bogey on the par-4 No. 3 coupled with two bogies and a double left her at seven-over on the front, plus-12 for the day.

Senior Michelle Bello finished tied for 41st overall at 247 (84-77-86) with freshman Mariah Hopkins shooting 82 on Tuesday for a three-round score of 248 (82-84-82), 43rd in the final standings. A third freshman, Fatima Gonzalez-Carriles, finished 49th overall at 289. Bello carded five pars in her final round while Hopkins matched her first round score, carding nine pars on Tuesday.

Chattanooga held on for its fourth-straight SoCon Women's Golf crown, finishing six strokes better than runner-up, Furman, at 895-to-901. UNCG, which charged from sixth to second on Monday, finished two strokes behind the Paladins in third at 903 with College of Charleston (921) and Samford (927) rounding out the top five.

Elon (934) finished sixth, two strokes ahead of seventh-place Wofford (936) with Appalachian State (941), Western Carolina (969) and The Citadel (1,035) rounding out the field.

Mary Chandler Bryan from the College of Charleston charged from fourth entering the final round to the top of the leader board on Tuesday, finishing regulation tied with Agathe Sauzon from UTC at two-over par, 218. Sauzon claimed the medalist honors, though, by defeating Bryan on the first hole of a sudden-victory playoff by scoring birdie on the par-4 No. 1.

Second-round leader, Fanny Cnops from UNCG, finished tied for third with Furman's Valentina Romero a stroke back at 219. Emily McLennan of Chattanooga and UNCG's Courtney Taylor shot 222 to round out the top five in the standings.

All-Southern Conference Team
Vanessa Koechli, College of Charleston
Kathy Boehm, College of Charleston
Julia Neumann, College of Charleston
Martyna Mierzwa, Elon
Laura Wearn, Furman
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Natalie Mitchell, Samford
Jordan Britt, Chattanooga
Emily McLennan, Chattanooga
Agathe Sauzon, Chattanooga

All-Freshman Team
Julia Neumann, College of Charleston
Louise Olsson, College of Charleston
Sunna Vidisdottir, Elon
Stephanie Carlozzi, Furman
Emily McLennan, Chattanooga

Player of the Year
Fanny Cnops, UNCG

Freshman of the Year
Emily McLennan, Chattanooga

Coach of the Year
Colette Murray, Chattanooga