Oct. 16, 2012
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Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - The Western Carolina women's golf team struggled through Tuesday's final round of the Wendy's Invitational, combining to shoot 330 collectively and slip into a two-way tie for eighth place in the final standings at the par-72, 6,021-yard Rivertowne Country Club. The Catamounts finished with a 54-hole score of 946, knotted with USC Upstate in the final rankings.
Tied for the tournament lead through 36 holes, WCU sophomore Maria Kjelldorff fell off on the final day of competition, carding an 87 over the final round to slip into a two-way tie for 14th place - the highest finishing Catamount. Her 54-hole score of 229 was her seasonal-low while also marking the second-best, three-round tournament score of her career, while also representing the second highest individual finish of her career.
Opening on the par-4 fourth, Kjelldorff shot a double bogey and a bogey on her first two holes to start the day at three-over par. The native of Saltsjobaden, Sweden, recovered with a birdie on her third hole of the day, but a disastrous five-over on the par-5 ninth before her turn relegated her to seven-over for the round and opened a string of four-consecutive holes over par including a pair of double-bogies.
Kjelldorff scored par on six of her final eight holes to finish at 15-over, 87.
Freshman Taylor Allison matched her second-round score of 79 during Tuesday's third round to card the best 18 holes for Western Carolina on the day. She finished tied for 29th overall with a three-round score of 235. Starting on the par-4 fifth, Allison played the first seven holes at even par, countering a bogey with a birdie before the turn. However, five of her six middle-round holes were played above par leaving her at eight-over before a birdie on the par-5 third dropped her to her final score.
Senior Michelle Bello just missed her career-best 54-hole score, shooting eight-over, 80, on Tuesday to finish at 240, tied for 46th overall. It was her second-lowest, three-round score of the season. Opening her round with a double-bogey, Bello recovered to play at one-over par through nine holes before back-to-back bogies on the par-3 14th and par-4 15th.
Freshman Fatima Gonzales-Carriles posted her career-best, 54-hole score at 247, shooting 85 on Tuesday for the best finish of her young WCU career, tied for 58th. Classmate Mariah Hopkins finished in 66th overall, shooting 86 on Tuesday for a two-day tally of 251.
First-round leader, University of Richmond, claimed the team championship by 12 strokes over runner-up, Wofford, 893-to-905. Tournament host Charleston Southern slipped to third, one stroke in arrears of the Terriers at 906, with Appalachian State (917) and Armstrong Atlantic (920) rounding out the top five finishers.
Richmond's Tracy Martin advanced two spots from her third-place tie after 36 holes on Monday to claim individual medalist honors by two strokes, posting an even-par, 72, on Tuesday. Martin edged Jenna Birch from Armstrong Atlantic, 215-to-217, with Appalachian State's Rumbidzai Masamvu finishing in third at three-over, 219.
The tournament concluded the fall portion of Western Carolina's 2012-13 schedule. The Catamounts return to the links in early March, traveling to Jacksonville, Fla., for the first of two events in the "Sunshine State" at the Eagle Landing Invitational, hosted by James Madison at the Eagle Landing Country Club.