Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Each golfer in Western Carolina's lineup made improvements upon their scores from the opening round during Monday's second 18 holes, though the Catamounts remained in ninth place overall at the 2018 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championships being played on the par-72, 6,105-yard South Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club.
With tee times delayed an hour due to the overnight rain, WCU followed up its opening round score of 375 with a team 341 on Monday, closing in on the eighth-place team, The Citadel. The Catamounts (716) enter the final round on Tuesday just 17 strokes behind the Bulldogs.
Once again paired with The Citadel and Wofford, WCU's golfers are scheduled to tee off on the 10th tee on the back nine beginning at 8:30 am on Tuesday. Live scoring is available online at BirdieFire.com.
Sophomore Brianna Plummer made WCU's biggest improvement from the first round, shooting 17-strokes better amidst the gusty winds on Monday with a 10-over par, 82. The Shelby, N.C., native advanced two spots in the standings into a tie for 41st overall with a two-day score of 181, posting a team-best two birdies on Monday. Freshman Maya White had the other double-digit stroke improvement for the Catamounts, trimming 10 shots off her opening round to shoot 84 to climb three spots into 38th overall with a score of 178.
Senior Amanda Floberg continues to lead the Catamounts, one position ahead of White in 37th overall after rounds of 89 and 87 for a 36-hole score of 176. Her classmate Alyssa Morahan rounds out WCU's scoring side in a tie with Plummer for 42nd overall with a two-round score of 181 (93-88).
Catamount freshman Hazel Martin withdrew from competition on Sunday and did not play on Monday.
First-round leader Furman stretched its lead on the field Monday, posting a score of 302 for a two-round score of 603 to open a 22-stroke lead over the second-place tie between Chattanooga and Mercer at 625. UNCG and Samford are tied for the fourth spot to round out the top five teams with matching 36-hole scores of 646.
ETSU is sixth at 651, followed by Wofford (658), The Citadel (699) and Western Carolina (716).
Four Paladins occupy top five scoring positions to lead Furman including Reona Hirai, who moved atop the individual leaderboard with a second-round score of 2-over par, 74, for a two-round tally of 149. Hirai holds a three-stroke lead over the two-way tie for the runner-up spot between teammate Natalie Srinivasan and Chattanooga's Holly Morgan, tied at 152.
The 2018 SoCon Women's Golf Championship concludes on Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8:00 am. The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA regionals.
2018 SoCon Women's Golf Championship Standings:
1 - Furman -- 301-302 = 603 (+27)
T2 - Chattanooga -- 308-317 = 625 (+49)
T2 - Mercer -- 307-318 = 625 (+49)
T4 - UNCG -- 326-320 = 646 (+70)
T4 - Samford -- 319-327 = 646 (+70)
6 - ETSU -- 323-328 = 651 (+75)
7 - Wofford -- 330-328 = 658 (+82)
8 - The Citadel -- 349- 350 = 699 (+123)
9 - Western Carolina -- 375-341 = 716 (+140)
9 -- Western Carolina -- 375-341 = 716 (+140)
37 -- Amanda Floberg -- 89-87 = 176 (+32)
38 -- Maya White -- 94-84 = 178 (+34)
T41 -- Alyssa Morahan -- 93-88 = 181 (+37)
T41 -- Brianna Plummer -- 99-82 = 181 (+37)
WD -- Hazel Martin -- WD