Oct. 1, 2012
Greensboro, N.C. - Western Carolina struggled through rainy conditions during the first two rounds of the UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament on Monday, shooting rounds of 310 and 320 to stand 13th out of 16 teams through 36 holes at the par-71, 6,265-yard Starmount Forest Country Club.
WCU (630) enters Tuesday's final round paired with golfers from Jacksonville and host, UNCG. The Catamounts are 13 strokes behind the Dolphins in 12th, and nine-strokes ahead of the Spartans in 14th place. The final 18 holes will get underway at 9:00 am with a shotgun start.
Freshman Taylor Allison carded the team's best round on Monday, doing so through the first 18 holes with a one-under, 71. Starting on the par-4 13th, Allison was even par with both a bogey and a birdie through her first six holes before moving to one-under with a birdie on the par-4 second hole.
All told, Allison carded 14 pars through her opening 18 holes. Her opening round 71 was one of just 13 rounds of even-par or better turned in on the day.
The freshman from Elizabeth City, N.C., struggled in Monday's second round, posting eight bogies and one double-bogey to finish at 10-over, 81, for a 36-hole score of 152 - tied for 30th overall.
A second WCU freshman, Mariah Hopkins, posted rounds of five-over, 76, and seven-over, 78, to shoot 154 on the opening day, tied for 41st overall. Playing in her hometown of Greensboro, Hopkins carded three birdies over her final five holes before entering the second round.
Rounding out WCU's finishers through the first two rounds were sophomore Maria Kjelldorff in a tie for 66th at 161; senior Michelle Bello in 70th overall at 163; and sophomore Sofie Kvarnstrom in a tie for 71st after consecutive rounds of 82 for a 164.
Playing as an individual, Catamount freshman Fatima Gonzales-Carriles is in 88th overall with a two-round score of 184.
East Tennessee State posted rounds of three-over, 287, and one-under, 283, to lead the 16-team field with a two-over par team score of 570. The Buccaneers are eight strokes ahead of second-place Maryland at 578, with East Carolina (589), James Madison (592) and Campbell (598) rounding out the top five.
Fellow Southern Conference member Elon (606) is seventh with UNCG in 14th overall.
East Carolina's Frida Gustafsson Spang leads the tournament individually with a six-under par, 136, as she shot a tournament-low 66 in round one before posting a one-under, 70, in round two. Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy is second, four strokes in arrears at two-under par. Just three players posted scores under the par-71 total during Monday's rain-soaked round.
Live scoring of the Starmount Forest Tournament is available online through www.GolfStatResults.com.