May 10, 2007
Baton Rouge, La. - Western Carolina freshman Desiree Karlsson shot an even-par 72 to lead the Catamounts on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA East Regional at the University Club. Karlsson, who was the 2007 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, enters the second round among a nine-way tie for 25th. As a team, WCU stands 17th out of 21 squads in the region after shooting 301.
Western's round of 301 marks its second-best, all-time in a NCAA championship event, one stroke off its all-time low round of 300 carded on the final day of the 2003 East Regional. Karlsson's even-par 72 was likewise one stroke above the Catamounts' lowest round as Brandy Andersen shot a one-under 71 in the second round back in '03.
Sixth-seeded UCLA carded a seven-under 281 as a team to lead the field after 18 of the scheduled 54 holes, with Wake Forest and SoCon tournament runner-up, Furman, tied for second with four-under rounds of 284. Purdue (285) and Louisville (286) rounded out the top five. Another SoCon-member, the College of Charleston, shot a four-over, 292, to stand in a two-way tie for 12th entering Friday's second round.
Three individuals shot six-under, 66, on Thursday to stand tied atop the individual leader board after the opening round. Nannett Hill of Wake Forest, Sydnee Michaels of UCLA and Adrienne White of Louisville are each tied entering the second round. Furman's Kathleen Ekey shot a five-under, 67, over the first 18 holes to stand alone in fourth-place, the highest SoCon individual.
With birdies on the par 4 fourth and the par 3 fifth, Karlsson managed a two-under score through the turn before bogeys on the par four 14th and 18th dropped her to even par. Junior Malin Fryk rallied from a four bogies on a four-over front nine to tally three birdies on the first five holes on the back to move to one-over before bogies on 16 and 18 dropped her to three-over, tied for 59th.
Freshman Elin Mickelsson posted 14 pars and four bogies in her first round to card a 76 to stand tied for 72nd. Senior Bianca Melone posted back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to lower her first round score to 78, a score equaled by junior Kandy Carland on Thursday.
Again teamed with Jacksonville State and Jackson State, Western Carolina will open second round play on the back nine at hole 10 with the first golfer, Melone, slated to tee off at 8:50 am with the final Catamount, Karlsson, taking to the course at 9:30 am.
NCAA East Regional - First Round Scores The University Club, Baton Rouge, La.
1 UCLA 281 -7 T2 Wake Forest 284 -4 T2 Furman 284 -4 4 Purdue 285 -3 5 Louisville 286 -2 T6 Alabama 287 -1 T6 LSU 287 -1 T8 South Carolina 290 +2 T8 North Carolina 290 +2 T10 Duke 291 +3 T10 Texas A&M 291 +3 T12 C. of Charleston 292 +4 T12 Florida State 292 +4 14 Auburn 293 +5 15 Virginia 295 +5 16 Birmingham-Sou. 297 +9 17 WESTERN CAROLINA 301 +13 18 North Carolian St. 302 +14 19 South Florida 306 +18 20 Jacksonville St. 324 +36 21 Jackson State 329 +41