Oct. 8, 2012
Greenville, N.C. - Battling rainy and stormy conditions on Monday, Western Carolina's women's golf team struggled through an opening round 325 to stand tied for 19th at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, hosted by East Carolina at the par-72, 6,004-yard Greenville Country Club. The Catamounts are tied with the High Point Panthers after 18 holes.
Originally scheduled for 36 holes on the opening day, Monday's second round was washed out with tournament officials shortening the event to just two rounds. After two hours of action, play was halted for 90 minutes due to lightning in the area during intermediate showers. When the golfers resumed play and finished the first round, heavier rains entered the area and play was halted for good around 4:00 pm leaving officials to cancel second round play all together.
The final round will be held on Tuesday morning with a shotgun start. WCU is paired with golfers from High Point, Marshall and Radford and will begin on holes 15 through 18.
WCU was led by freshman Taylor Allison who finished the first round with a six-over par, 78. The freshman from Elizabeth City, N.C., countered six bogies and one double with two birdies, shooting one-over, 37, on the back nine after beginning her round on the par-4 fourth hole on the front.
Allison's classmate, Mariah Hopkins, is second for the Catamounts, sitting in a tie for 66th overall after shooting 81 on Monday. Hopkins had 10 bogies, seven pars and a birdie through her opening 18 holes.
Rounding out Western Carolina's side from the first round were Swedish sophomores Maria Kjelldorff and Sofie Kvarnstrom tied for 79th overall at 83 and senior Michelle Bello one stroke in arrears, tied for 86th with an 84. Kvarnstrom led the team with 10 pars, one more than Allison's nine. Playing the back nine at two-over, 38, Bello was on-pace for an opening day score below 80 before a disastrous +5 on the par-4 fifth, her next-to-last hole of the round.
Maryland and UNC Wilmington finished the first round with matching scores of seven-over, 295, to stand tied atop the leader board entering Tuesday's final round. Old Dominion is six strokes off the pace at 301 in third, followed by SoCon-foe, Elon, in fourth place at 302. Coastal Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Longwood are eight strokes in arrears amidst a three-way tie for fifth place.
Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland paces the 104-golfer field after firing an opening round four-under, 68, on Monday with Cristina McQuiston from Boston College two strokes back at two-under, 70, in the runner-up spot. UNC Wilmington's Lori Beth Adams was the only other golfer to break even-par, shooting one-under, 71, in third place.
Final results will be made available on Tuesday afternoon following the completion of the final round with live scoring available online at www.GolfStatResults.com.