Oct. 21, 2013
Buies Creek, N.C. - Led by sophomore Kim Mitchell in a tie for the runner-up position, Western Carolina has two women's golfers inside the Top 10 individually to sit in fourth place after 36 of the 54 scheduled holes at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic, hosted by Campbell at the par-72, 6,026-yard Keith Hills Country Club.
Mitchell (148) carded rounds of one-over par, 73, and three-over 75 to stand tied with four other golfers in second place, two strokes off the lead through two rounds. Her classmate, Taylor Allison (150), is in a four-way tie for seventh place an additional two strokes back after rounds of 76 and 74.
Paired with golfers from Iowa and High Point, the Catamount scoring five will tee off on the fifth through eighth holes on Tuesday morning as a part of the shotgun start at 8:45 am. Live scoring for the final 18 holes is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Mitchell countered four bogies with three birdies to shoot one-over par, 73, in the first round to rank tied for second after the opening round. On her second 18, the Woodbridge, Va., native stood at even par through 14 holes after a birdie on the par-3 third. However, a bogey on the par-4, 270-yard fourth and a double-bogey on the par-5 485-yard sixth left her at three-over for the round and four-over for the tournament.
All told, Mitchell carded 21 pars over the opening 36 holes.
Allison recorded 29 pars on Monday, the second-most in the tournament. The Elizabeth City, N.C., product stumbled as she made the turn to the back nine in the opening round with a double-bogey on No. 10 and a bogey on No. 11 to slip to three-over par. A second bogey on the second hole - her 16th of the round - left her at four-over par for the first 18.
In her second round, Allison charted three bogies and one birdie in her first 11 holes, finishing at two-over par, 74.
Sophomore Mariah Hopkins (157) posted rounds of 78 and 79 to sit in a tie for 39th, recording three bogies but was saddled with four double-bogies over the 36 holes. Freshman Olivia Landino (158) trimmed six strokes off her first round 82 to shoot 76 in the second to sit tied for 44th overall, one stroke back of Hopkins.
Rounding out WCU's scoring give is Kristin Swindell, tied for 47th overall with rounds of 77 and 82 for a 36-hole score of 159.
Tournament host, Campbell (302-290=592) shot a tournament-record 2-over-par 290 in Monday's second round and leads Old Dominion (296-299=595) by three strokes in the 11-school field. Future Southern Conference member, Mercer (313-294=607), sits in third just one stroke ahead of WCU in fourth place. Iowa and High Point are tied for the final spot in the Top Five, three strokes in arrears at 611 entering the final round.
Kimberly Bradbury (146) of ODU leads the 59-golfer field after shooting rounds of 72 and 74, holding a two-stroke advantage over the five-way tie for second place.