Sept. 29, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Fresh off its team championship at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate - which included sophomore Taylor Allison claiming individual medalist honors for a second-straight season - the Western Carolina women's golf team returns to action at the Starmount Fall Classic, hosted by Southern Conference foe, UNCG.
The 54-hole event will see 36 holes played Monday with an 8:45 am shotgun start with the second round anticipated for a 1:30 pm start. The third and final round will begin Tuesday morning with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. Live scoring will be available on Starmount Fall Classic - GolfStat Results.
The par-71 course at Starmount Forest Country Club will play at 6,265 yards for the 16-team event. In addition to host UNCG and WCU, the 14 other teams participating in this year's tournament include Campbell, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Elon, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Jacksonville, James Madison, Maryland, North Florida, Richmond, Stetson, Wofford and an individual from Clemson to round out the 84-player field.
East Tennessee State won the tournament by an impressive 24 strokes a year ago as the Buccaneers fired an even-par 852 (287-283-282). ETSU had four players finish in the top six of the tournament in Sian Evans (2), Gabriella Wahl (4), Chloe Garner (5) and Lourdes Lopez (6). Maryland finished second with a three-round score of 876 (287-291-298), led by Juliet Vongphoumy finished third with a 213 (71-69-73).
East Carolina's Frida Gustafsson Spang won the individual title with a 7-under par 206 as she shot a tournament-low 66 in round one before posting back-to-back 1-under pars in the final two rounds.
Western Carolina sends its same scoring five to the Starmount Fall Classic, led by sophomores Kristin Swindell, Taylor Allison, Kim Mitchell and Mariah Hopkins, as well as freshman Olivia Landino. Allison enters the week ranked tied for second among SoCon schools reporting this fall with a stroke average of 73.00. Her teammate, Swindell, ranks fourth at 73.40 this fall, followed by Kim Mitchell (7th-t, 73.80).
Allison led the Catamounts at the event a season ago, finishing tied for 35th with a three-round score of 228.
Catamount freshmen Ashley Thompson and Bethany Galloway will also play in this week's events as individuals. The two rookies made their collegiate debut in the home event, Great Smokies Intercollegiate.
Complete recaps will be made available online at CatamountSports.com following Monday's first two rounds and the conclusion of the tournament on Tuesday.