May 16, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Taylor Allison, a freshman on the Western Carolina women's golf team, has qualified for the inaugural Friends of Mission Charity Classic, a Symetra Tour event to be held this weekend at the par-72, 6,339-yard Country Club of Asheville.
The tournament tees off Friday, May 17 with 18 holes and continues with a second 18-hole round on Saturday, May 18. The field will be cut down to the top 70 including ties entering Sunday's final round. Tee times on Friday begin at 7:10 am with 10-minute increments.
Allison shot a four-over par, 76, on back on April 25 to qualify for the event and earn the opportunity to compete. She is among 144 players that will compete for the tournament's top honors. The 2013 Mission Charity Classic will benefit Mission Foundation which uses all proceeds of the Classic to fund Mission Health Women's Services.
"I am so excited for the opportunity to play with the professionals and learn from this experience," said Allison on qualifying for the tournament. "I've never played in a tournament with pros. I think I can learn a lot from this tournament."
Allison paced Western Carolina four times during the 11 regular season with a seasonal stroke average of 77.84. She debuted on WCU's career scoring chart in 10th-place, just a stroke outside of WCU's top five. The Elizabeth City, N.C., native claimed her first collegiate individual medalist honors at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate held at the Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa. She concluded her regular season by finishing among a tie for 12th place, a team-best.
"This will be a great experience for Taylor and hopefully bring some extra exposure to Western Carolina's women's golf program," said head coach Mallory Hetzel.
The Symetra Tour - Road to the LPGA is the most established women's developmental tour in the world, entering 34 years of structured competition in 2013. Since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA's official developmental tour with the top 10 on the year end money list earning their card on the LPGA tour.