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Seniors Pace WCU to Sixth Place at SoCon Championship

Sofie Kvarnstrom, who was named to the SoCon All-Freshman team, led WCU with a final round 77 on Tuesday. (Photos courtesy of

April 17, 2012

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Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Led by its two seniors finishing inside the top 12 in the individual standings, Western Carolina finished in sixth place at the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championships concluded Tuesday on the North Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club.

Blaire Minter finished in a two-way tie for 10th place with a 54-hole score of 235 while Rachel Nelson advanced two spots from her second-round standing to place in a two-way tie for 12th just a stroke in arrears at 236. Both players recorded their best career score and finish at the conference finale.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, Minter was named to the All-Southern Conference team marking the second selection of her career, with Sofie Kvarnstrom named to the five member All-Freshman team.

Two-time defending tournament champion Chattanooga rallied on the final day to overtake UNCG by three strokes after the Spartans had paced the field through 36 holes. The Mocs shot a tournament-low team round of 301 on Tuesday to finish at 921 while the Spartans shot 924. UTC's resurgence was led by two individuals placing in the top four as individual medalist Jordan Britt claimed shot 222 to edge UNCG's Fanny Cnops by three strokes, 225.

Minter's top 10 finish is the 18th turned in by a WCU women's golfer all-time, with her becoming the 13th different Catamount to place inside the top 10 individuals at the conference championship. She concludes her collegiate career with 16 top-10 finishes including nine top fives and two individual championships.

Opening on the back nine, the Marietta, Ga., native countered four bogies with back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th to make the turn at two-over par on Tuesday. However, after shooting three-over on the front each of the past two days, Minter finished the last nine at six-over par with two bogies and a pair of doubles to shoot 80 for a three-day score of 19-over par, 235.

Nelson played the first three holes of the back nine at even par before dropping to three-over with a bogey and a double on the par-3 No. 13 and 14. She birdied the par-5 15th for the first time in the tournament before a second bogey left her making the turn at three-over par. On the front nine, the West Chester, Ohio, native carded three bogies and six pars to finish with her tournament-low round of 78 and a combined 236.

All told, Nelson scored par on 11 of her final 18 holes on Tuesday.

Although not a factor for the individual championship after a scoring disqualification on Sunday, Kvarnstrom posted the best individual round of the day for the Catamounts, shooting five-over 77 on Tuesday. Following a birdie on the par-5 11th, Kvarnstrom played her first six holes at one-under before two bogies among her final three holes left her at one-over at the turn.

Kvarnstrom finished with five pars and four bogies to shoot five-over for the day.

Rounding out WCU's scoring five were freshman Maria Kjelldorff in a tie for 31st and junior Michelle Bello in a tie for 38th place overall. Kjelldorff finished with an 81 on Tuesday while Bello struggled through a tough final nine holes to shoot 85.

College of Charleston shot 939 to finish in third place, followed by Furman (950) and Appalachian State (951) to round out the top five finishing teams at the annual event.

All-Southern Conference Team
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Laura Wearn, Furman
Leigh Whittaker, College of Charleston
Ana Lucia Martinez, UNCG
Kathy Boehm, College of Charleston
Martyna Mierzwa, Elon
Vanessa Koechli, College of Charleston
Alexa Rancourt, Furman
Liz Wendt, Furman
Jordan Britt, Chattanooga
Blaire Minter, Western Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Fanny Cnops, UNCG
Bailey Gray, Samford
Mette Kryger, Chattanooga
Emily Stallings, Samford
Sofie Kvarnstrom, Western Carolina

Player of the Year
Fanny Cnops, UNCG

Freshman of the Year
Fanny Cnops, UNCG

Coach of the Year
Emily Marron, UNCG