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Women's Golf Team to Conclude Fall Season at Fighting Camel Classic

Oct. 20, 2013

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Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina's women's golf team wraps up the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule on Monday and Tuesday at the 19th Fighting Camel Fall Classic, hosted by Campbell University at the par-72, 6,026-yard Keith Hills Country Club between both the Orange and Black courses.

The three-day event got underway with a practice round on Sunday afternoon with the first 36 holes scheduled for Monday with an 8:45 am shotgun start. The tournament will conclude with an 18-hole round on Tuesday, also with teams teeing off at 8:45 am.

Live scoring of the event will be made available online at

WCU is among the 11-team field which includes tournament host -14-time and defending champion - Campbell, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Iowa, Longwood, Mercer, Nova Southeastern, Old Dominion, Richmond and Winthrop. Four teams graced the most recent GolfStat rankings with Campbell in 63rd, Mercer (85th), Iowa (86th) and ODU in 97th.

Ranked 101st by GolfStat, the Catamount scoring five is paired with golfers from future Southern Conference-member, Mercer, and Richmond.

Western Carolina currently leads the SoCon in collective scoring average at 298.00 as a squad through 11 total rounds. The Catamounts have finished inside the Top 10 in all four seasonal events this fall including three Top Five finishes with a team championship at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. WCU finished sixth in the season-opening Golfweek Program Challenge, a tournament won by Campbell.

This week, WCU head coach Mallory Hetzel will take four sophomores and a freshman, led by second-year starter Taylor Allison. The Elizabeth City, N.C., native leads WCU - and ranks second in the SoCon - in scoring average at 74.09 through 11 rounds this fall.

Redshirt sophomore Kristin Swindell - a transfer from Bradenton, Fla. - is second on the Catamount squad, fifth in the SoCon with a 74.27 scoring average and is followed by Hermitage, Pa., product, true freshman Olivia Landino in 11th in the league at 75.82.

Rounding out WCU's side scoring five in the final event of the fall are sophomores Mariah Hopkins (14th in SoCon, 76.45) and sophomore Kim Mitchell (16th in SoCon, 76.73).