Oct. 22, 2013
Buies Creek, N.C. - Western Carolina sophomore Taylor Allison jumped one position in the final standings, closing the fall semester amidst a two-way tie for sixth place in guiding the Catamounts to a fourth-place showing at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic which concluded Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 6,026-yard Keith Hills Country Club.
Allison finished the 54-hole event with a two-over par, 74, to match her second round score, placing in a tie for sixth overall. The Elizabeth City, N.C., product played much of her final round at one-over par after two bogies against a birdie through her first five holes. After recording eight-straight pars, Allison had back-to-back bogies on the holes one and two before birdying the par-3, 145-yard third for the first time in the event to move back to two-over par where she finished.
All told, Allison tied for the most pars in the tournament with 41, shooting a combined 224 in the tournament.
WCU's first round leader, sophomore Kim Mitchell, slipped on the final day from a tie for second into an 11th-place tie with a closing round, six-over par, 78. The transfer had a noisy scorecard with seven holes over par countered by three birdies. She finished the event at 10-over par, 226, tallying nine birdies over the two-day event, tied for the third-most among the 59-golfer field.
Redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell made the biggest jump of the final round for WCU, matching the opening round score of her transfer classmate, Mitchell, with a one-over par 73, over the final 18 holes to jump 22 spots on the final day, finishing at 232. The Bradenton, Fla., native carded a pair of bogies through her first five holes - and three against one birdie on her opening nine - to sit a two-over with nine to play. Swindell move back to even-par for the round with birdies on the par-5 18th and par-3 third, but bogeyed No. 5 for the second time in the event to finish one-over.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were freshman Olivia Landino in a tie for 31st at 234 and sophomore Mariah Hopkins in a tie for 38th at 236. Landino had a double-bogey, three bogies and one birdie on Tuesday to match her best round of the event, four-over par 76. Hopkins struggled on the front nine, shooting six-over with a one-over back nine to shoot 79.
With its entire scoring five inside the Top 11 overall, tournament host Campbell walked away with its 15th tournament championship, winning by 10 strokes over second-place Old Dominion. The Camels carded an event-record score of 887 - 11 strokes better than the previous record set by the same squad one year ago. Old Dominion (897) was 10 strokes better than third-place, Mercer (907) which edged the Catamounts (909) with High Point rounding out the Top Five with a score of 918.
Defending individual medalist, Kaylin Yost from Campbell, shared the top honors with two others as both Mary Alice Murphy of Mercer and ODU's Elizabeth Haycock finished atop the leader board with identical scores of 221. Murphy rallied from a 14th-place tie after 36 holes with an event-low round of 69 on Tuesday - matching the second-best round carded in the tournament history.
Including Tuesday's finale, Western Carolina closed the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule with five, Top 10 finishes including four-straight Top Fives with three-consecutive fourth-place showings. The team returns to the links for the first of three-straight trips to Florida in early February at the UCF Challenge, hosted at the Eagle Creek Golf Course in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9-11.