Sept. 30, 2013
Greensboro, N.C. - Redshirt sophomore Kristen Swindell sits amidst a five-way tie for 12th-place with a score of five-over par, 147, to lead Western Carolina to seventh place after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes Monday at the UNCG / Starmount Fall Classic being held at the par-71, 6,265-yard Starmount Forest Country Club. The Catamounts are just five strokes outside of the top five entering the final 18 holes after a first round 601.
Paired with golfers from Wofford and Stetson, WCU gets the final round underway with a shotgun start scheduled for 9:00 am on Tuesday morning. The Catamount scoring five is scheduled to open on holes No. 7 through 11 with the two individuals teeing off on No. 18. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Swindell posted rounds of four-over par, 75, and one-over, 72, for a 36-hole score of 147. Opening both rounds on the back nine on the 463-yard, par-5, Swindell started her day with three-consecutive bogies - and four bogies among her first six holes to sit at four-over par. Two birdies on the front nine left her three-over par with four holes to play. However, she dropped to five-over par with bogies on holes 11 and 12 before closing the opening 18 with a birdie on No. 13.
In the second round, the Bradenton, Fla., native overcame a bogey on the par-4 16th with an eagle on the par-5 No. 18 to head to the front nine at one-under par. Consecutive bogies on the first two holes of the front nine were followed by a birdie on the fourth hole to move back even. Swindell finished her second round with a double-bogey on the ninth before a birdie on No. 12 to finish one-over.
Behind Swindell, sophomore Taylor Allison is tied for 22nd with freshman Olivia Landino in a tie for 33rd after two rounds. Allison shot five-over par, 76, to start the day before finishing with a two-over par, 73, for a two-round, 149. Allison, who played back from six-over par in the first round and did not go above two-over on the second 18 holes, carded seven birdies on the day.
Landino posted identical rounds of five-over par, 76, countering 13 bogies with three birdies.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are sophomore Mariah Hopkins in a tie for 44th at 154 with classmate Kim Mitchell in a tied for 66th overall, 160. Hopkins recorded a pair of birdies in the first round before capping her second 18 holes with an eagle on the par-4 15th to finish at four-over, 75. Mitchell carded three birdies over the two rounds on Monday.
Playing unattached as individuals, freshmen Bethany Galloway (62nd-t) carded rounds of 79 and 80 for 159, with Ashley Thompson (69th-t) shooting 82 and 79. The two combined for three birdies on Monday.
Southern Conference foe Chattanooga carded consecutive rounds of 289 to hold a 10-stroke advantage over second-place Campbell, 578-to-588. The Lady Mocs have three golfers inside the top five in building their tournament lead. Maryland sits in third, two strokes in arrears of Campbell at 590, with High Point (595) and James Madison (596) rounding out the top five.
High Point's Sarah Bae carded consecutive rounds of one-under par, 70, for a two-round score of 140 to hold a stroke advantage over a two-way tie between Agathe Sauzon of Chattanooga and Campbell's Kaylin Yost at 141.
A complete recap with final results will be made available following the conclusion of tournament play on Tuesday afternoon.