Oct. 13, 2013
Palm Desert, Calif. - Leading through two rounds, Western Carolina slipped three-spots in the final standings after shooting 312 collectively as a team on Sunday to finish in a two-way tie for fourth-place at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate held at the par-72, 6112-yard The Classic Club/Troon Golf Course. WCU turned in a three-round score of 913 collectively on the longest trip in program history.
It was the second-straight tournament the Catamounts have finished in fourth place - and when combined with the team championship at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, it is the team's third-consecutive Top Five finish. WCU has finished sixth-or-better in each tournament this fall.
The Catamounts were led by sophomore Taylor Allison who finished tied for 17th overall, sliding seven spots with a final-round score of 79. Allison finished with a 54-hole score of 224. Freshman Olivia Landino posted the best third round score for WCU, finishing the event with a three-over par 75 on Sunday. The Hermitage, Pa., product continued her consistent play to open her first season, shooting 230 to match her second-best, 54-hole score, finishing tied for 25th, advancing 13 spots in the final standings.
Redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell finished tied for 31st for the Catamounts, shooting 79 in the final round for a two-day total of 231 with sophomore Mariah Hopkins also carding a seven-over, 79, on Sunday to finish two spots back of her teammate in a tie for 33rd at 232. Sophomore transfer Kim Mitchell rounded out WCU's scoring five in a tie for 50th at 236 (72-78-86).
Catamount freshmen Bethany Galloway and Ashley Thompson both played in the tournament unattached as individuals. Galloway finished tied for 68th overall, capping her tournament with the best round as a collegiate with a two-over par, 74, on Sunday in the final round. Galloway shot 242 for the tournament.
Thompson finished tied for 97th overall with a three-round score of 251.
Cal State Fullerton, which was tied for second after 36 holes, claimed the team championship, edged Cal State Northridge by a stroke, 909-t0-910, after Matadors matched the low-round of the tournament with a 297 on Sunday to rally from seventh to the runner-up position. Rollins College (912) finished third just a stroke ahead of WCU in a fourth-place tie with San Francisco at 913 to round out the top five finishers.
Taylor Yoshitake of Cal Poly matched her second round score of two-under par, 70, to finish the tournament tied atop the individual leader board with Cal State Northridge's Clariss Guce with matching scores of three-under par, 213. Marissa Borja of Eastern Washington finished third, five-strokes in arrears at 218.
Western Carolina wraps up the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule at the Fighting Camel Classic, hosted by Campbell at the Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek, N.C., October 20-21.