Sep 9, 2013
Pawley's Island, S.C. - Western Carolina has two players inside the individual top 20 after 36 holes as both Kristin Swindell and Mariah Hopkins are tied 19th overall, but the Catamounts slipped to sixth-place overall at the Golfweek Program Challenge. WCU carded a team score of 306 for a two-day total of 599 at the par-71, 6,038-yard Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.
Combined with the men's squad's 578 through the first two rounds, Western Carolina sits fifth overall in the combined standings. James Madison, which paces the men's tournament and is second on the women's side, leads the program portion of the event by 12 strokes over runner-up, Jacksonville State, 1,150-to-1,162. Defending champion, Campbell, is third with a combined 1,166 strokes followed by Old Dominion (1,168) and WCU with a collective, two-day total of 1,177.
Paired with golfers from Old Dominion and Stetson, WCU will tee off its final round beginning at 7:30 am on the front nine Tuesday morning.
Swindell, a redshirt sophomore transfer, and Hopkins - also a second-year player - lead the Catamounts in a three-way tie for 19th, both shooting 74 and 75 for a combined 149 over the first two rounds. The duo was amongst a tie for 14th at the close of the opening round.
Swindell opened with a birdie on her first hole, but back-to-back bogies left her at one-over for the round which she carried through the turn. The Bradenton, Fla., native finished off her round with three bogies and six pars on the back nine, shooting four-over, 75. Hopkins made the turn from the front nine at even par on Monday with nine-consecutive pars. Her back nine opened with consecutive bogies before the lone birdie of her afternoon on the par-4 14th. She was poised to finish the round at two-over, but suffered a double-bogey on the par-4 18th to also finish at four-over, 75.
Freshman Olivia Landino fired a five-over par, 76, on Monday with six bogies, 11 pars and a birdie coming on her very first hole to slip into a tie for 22nd overall at 150 (74-76).
Sophomore Taylor Allison, who paced the team in the opening round, struggled out of the tee box with two double bogies among her first four holes on Monday. She settled to par the remaining five holes of the front nine, making the turn at four-over par. However, the Elizabeth City, N.C., product carded five bogies and four pars on her back nine for a five-over, leaving her at nine-over, 80, for her second round.
Rounding out WCU's side is Kim Mitchell, who like Allison, carded 80 on Monday with two birdies.
With three players inside the individual top five, Campbell continues to lead the 12-team field, carrying an eight-stroke lead over second-place James Madison into Tuesday's final round. Both the Camels and Dukes fired second round scores of 288 with Campbell leading, 578-to-586. Jacksonville State is third at 588, 10-strokes off the pace, followed by Old Dominion (593) and Stetson (597).
JMU's Ginger Mak leads the 60-golfer field with a two-under, 140, through 36 holes. Mak moved from a sixth-place tie to atop the leader board on Monday with a three-under par, 68. Alexandra Prazak moved past her Campbell teammate, Lisbeth Brooks, into second place at 143 with Brooks tied with Maya Parsons of Jacksonville State for third, four-strokes off the lead at 144.
Play in the season-opening event concludes on Tuesday with live scoring available through GolfStatResults.com.