Hayesville, N.C. - Freshman Hazel Martin sits in a four-way tie for 13th to lead the Western Carolina women's golf team to 11th-place after two rounds at its home tournament, the 2017 Bill Berg Invitational. Richmond advanced one spot in the second round, moving atop the team leader board with a one-stroke lead over second-place Samford into Tuesday's final round at The Ridges Country Club.
Tuesday's final round has been pushed back to a 10:00 am shotgun start as temperatures at the mountain course are expected to dip into the upper 30s overnight with officials anticipating a frost delay. Live scoring of the final 18 holes is available online at BirdieFire.com.
Golfers overcame a sluggish start to the day that included fog and drizzling rain during warm-ups. They were also confronted with damp course conditions as nearly an inch of rain fell overnight prior to the start of play, but improved as the day progressed with the teams finishing the second round just before running out of light after sunset.
Martin countered three bogies and one double-bogey with a pair of birdies over the first 18 holes to shoot 3-over par, 75, on Monday. Her three birdies in the second 18 holes were overshadowed by eight holes over par including a double-bogey and seven bogies to shoot 78, and a two-round total of 153.
Senior Alyssa Morahan is amidst a nine-way tie for 20th overall, dropping two strokes off her opening-round score of 7-over par, 79, to shoot 77 on the second 18 holes. Morahan carded three birdies on Monday, two coming in her second round. WCU's biggest mover on the opening day was sophomore Brianna Plummer who chopped 11 strokes off of her second round score, shooting 4-over par, 76, to improve upon her first round 87 for a two-round total of 163, tied for 48th.
Second after the first round, Richmond carried its single-stroke 302-to-303 lead over Samford into the second round where both squads shot 309. Wofford sits in third place at 617, with High Point (619) and defending team champion, Eastern Kentucky (622) rounding out the top five. Winthrop enters the final round in sixth place at 623, while first-round leader, Presbyterian, is seventh after shooting 301 in the first round before a 324 second round. Tennessee Tech (626) sits eighth with Marshall (629) and Limestone (631) rounding out the top ten.
WCU is 11th, just two strokes outside of the top 10. The Catamounts are followed by Appalachian State (641), Gardner-Webb (650), Longwood (651) and Morehead State (658) closing out the field.
Including carding the lone round in the 60s on Monday, Samford's Maddie Davis holds a two-stroke lead over defending medalist, Elsa Moberly of Eastern Kentucky entering the final round. Davis posted rounds of 3-under par, 69 -- matching the tournament-low round -- and 2-over par 74 for a total of 1-under par, 143. Moberly shot 71 and 74 for a 1-over score of 145.
The final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning.