Oct. 15, 2012
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - Western Carolina sophomore Maria Kjelldorff carded the lowest individual round of Monday's opening 36 holes to move into a tie atop the leader board through two rounds of the Wendy's Invitational, hosted by Charleston Southern at the par-72, 6,021-yard Rivertowne Country Club. As a team, the Catamounts stand in sixth place with a two-round score of 616, just six strokes outside of the top five.
Paired with golfers from Armstrong Atlantic and archrival Appalachian State, the Catamounts take the course with a shotgun start at 9:00 am on Tuesday morning, beginning on the front nine between holes four and seven.
Tied for ninth after shooting an opening-round, three-over par 75, Kjelldorff carded six birdies including four on the back nine alone to post the tournament - and her career-low - round of five-under, 67, during the second 18 holes of the day. Kjelldorff's round of 67 was one of just two under 70 on Monday, and one of just six rounds turned in under par. The Saltsjobaden, Sweden, native posted 11 pars to go along with her six birdies with just one bogey on her career round.
Kjelldorff is tied with first-round leader, Jenna Birch of Armstrong Atlantic who posted an opening round 68 before shooting two-over, 74, in the afternoon.
For the Catamounts, true freshman Taylor Allison posted rounds of 77 and 79 to stand in a two-way tie for 28th after the first day. The Elizabeth City, N.C., product posted 11 bogies, one triple bogey and two birdies among her 22 pars through 36 holes.
Senior Michelle Bello rebounded after an opening round 84 to shoot 76 in the afternoon to move into a tie for 50th overall (160), followed by freshman Fatima Gonzales-Carriles in a tie for 56th at 162 and classmate Mariah Hopkins tied for 65th at 165.
Richmond posted rounds of 293 and 294 to lead the host Charleston Southern Buccaneers by 10 strokes in the team standings, 587-to-597. Southern Conference foes Wofford (604) and Appalachian State (607) are third and fourth, respectively, in the team standings with Armstrong Atlantic (610) just ahead of WCU in fifth place.
Complete results will be posted as soon as they are available on Tuesday afternoon, with live scoring of the event online at www.GolfStatResults.com.