Sep 8, 2013
Pawley's Island, S.C. - Led by sophomore Taylor Allison in a four-way tie for sixth place, Western Carolina put all five golfers inside the individual top 20 to sit in second place after the opening round of the 2013 Golfweek Program Challenge being contested at the par-71, 6,038-yard Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. The Catamounts posted a team 293 on Sunday, just three strokes off the team lead.
Coupled with the WCU men's team score of 290, Western Carolina stands tied for second in the Program Challenge portion of the event with a combined score of 583, knotted with Jacksonville State. James Madison holds a collective five-stroke advantage with scores of 280 on the men's side and 298 on the women's for a total of 578.
Allison posted a one-over par, 72, on Sunday to lead the squad. Starting on the back nine, the Elizabeth City, N.C., product countered three bogies with a pair of birdies on her first nine holes of the season to make the turn at one-over par. A birdie on the par-4 fourth moved her back to even before closing her round with two bogies and a birdie over her final five holes of the day. Allison birdied the par-3, 118-yard ninth to cap her first day.
Transfer sophomore Kim Mitchell carded 14 pars on her first round for the Purple & Gold on Sunday, countering three bogies with a birdie on the par-4 seventh to shoot two-over, 73. Mitchell was two-over par at the turn before playing even-par golf over the final nine holes.
The remainder of WCU's side stands tied for 14th overall with a three-over par, 74. Sophomore Mariah Hopkins countered seven bogies with four birdies and seven pars, shooting three-over on the back nine followed by even-par golf on the front. Florida Gulf Coast transfer, redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell, had four bogies, one double against three birdies for her three-over opening round, while true freshman Olivia Landino had 13 pars, four bogies and a birdie coming on the final hole of her first collegiate round to also stand tied for 14th at 74.
Led by individual leader Lisbeth Brooks at two-under par, 69, defending Program Challenge champion, Campbell, leads the 12-team women's field by three strokes over the Catamounts with a 290 opening round. WCU is second at 293, a stroke ahead of third-place Stetson (294.) Old Dominion is fourth after an opening round 296 with Jacksonville State rounding out the top five at 297.
Behind Brooks, Stetson's Jenna Hoecker and Alexandra Prazak of Campbell are tied for the runner-up spot at one-under par, 70, while Melanie Bajo Geijo of Jacksonville State and Katia Joo of Boston College are tied for fourth with an even-par, 70.
Play continues Monday and Tuesday in the season-opening event with live scoring available through GolfStatResults.com.