March 28, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Off of the program's sixth top five finish of the 2013-14 season at the Low Country Intercollegiate, the Western Carolina women's golf team returns to action this weekend at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State at the par-72, 6,010-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton.
The three-day event features a practice round on Saturday, March 29, with the 36-hole tournament getting underway with an 9:00 am shotgun start on Sunday, March 30. The second and final round is slated for Monday, March 31, also with a 9:00 am shotgun start.
In addition to the host Mountaineers and Western Carolina, the 14-team field also includes fellow Southern Conference foes, The Citadel and Wofford. Other schools include Bethune-Cookman, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Presbyterian, Quinnipiac, Sand Hills Community College, Towson, Albany, and Winthrop.
This year marks the third-consecutive season the Catamounts have travelled to the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate. WCU finished fifth in the tournament a season ago after winning the event during the 2011-12 season. ASU claimed last year's team title by 10 strokes over runner-up, Winthrop, 610-to-620.
Western Carolina will take a slightly shifted lineup to this weekend's tournament, its final tune-up before the 2014 SoCon Women's Golf Championship in mid-April. Fresh off her first collegiate tournament individual victory, redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell leads a combined four sophomores into the weekend event. According to the latest SoCon rankings, the Bradenton, Fla., native ranks third in the SoCon in scoring average at 74.76 - currently the best single-season stroke average in school history.
Swindell will be joined by sophomore Taylor Allison, who has two individual medalist honors in her career including one this season. The Elizabeth City, N.C., product ranks second on the WCU squad - and ninth in the SoCon - with a 75.64 stroke average. She'll be joined by classmates Kim Mitchell with freshmen Olivia Landino and Ashley Thompson rounding out the Catamount scoring five. Landino, who competed as an individual at the Low Country Intercollegiate for the first time in her college career, is back in the lineup with Thompson, a native of nearby Clyde, N.C., making the scoring roster for a second-consecutive week.
Sophomore Mariah Hopkins and freshman Bethany Galloway will both vie for the tournament individual championship, competing unattached as individuals.
Allison is WCU's top returner from last year's event, placing in a tie for 12th overall with a score of 156, while Hopkins posted consecutive rounds of 79 for a 158, tied for 20th.
Complete results and recap of the two-round event will be made available following the conclusion of both rounds. Fans can keep track of everything involving Catamount Athletics through several social media outlets; on Facebook (fb.com/catamountsports), Twitter (@catamounts), YouTube (CatamountSports) and Instagram (wcu_catamounts).