Sept. 11, 2006
Ft. Chiswell, Va. - Looking to repeat as both the team and individual champions at the Draper Valley Intercollegiate, the Western Carolina women's golf team stands second after 36 holes on Monday, four strokes behind the first-round leading East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Defending individual medalist, WCU junior Malin Fryk, finished Monday tied for first at the par 72, 5,910-yard Draper Valley Country Club.
Monday's opening round was delayed two hours due to fog on the mountain course in southwestern Virginia.
Western opened play carding a team score of 292 over the first 18 holes, which is tied for the fifth-best team round in school history. The Catamounts hit the club house after the second 18 holes and a 297 for a two-round total of 589. First-round leader, ETSU, fired rounds of 291 and 294 for a combined 585, four strokes ahead of their former conference foe. Elon (293-297=590) and Winthrop (299-294=593) each are within striking distance in third and fourth, with Gardner-Webb in fifth with rounds of 301 and 297 for a score of 598.
Fryk, who won the Draper Valley Intercollegiate last season in her first-ever match as a Catamount, shot a one-under 143 which included tying her career-low round of 71 on the opening 18 and a 72 in the second round. She is tied with Elon's Samantha Widmer, who shot 66 and 77 to also stand at 143.
Also for Western, freshman Desiree Karlsson shot two rounds of 73 for a opening day 146 to stand in a four-way tie for sixth, while junior Kandy Carland is tied for 15th with rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149. Another freshman, Elin Mickelsson, is tied for 31st and senior Bianca Melone is tied for 36th entering the final round.
The third and final round of the Draper Valley Intercollegiate is set for Tuesday morning. Check back with CatamountSports.com on Tuesday evening for the final results.
2 Western Carolina U. 292 297 589 T 1 Malin Fryk 71 72 143 T 6 Desiree Karlsson 73 73 146 T 15 Kandy Carland 75 74 149 T 31 Elin Mickelsson 73 79 152 T 36 Bianca Melone 76 78 154