Lady Cats Finish Sixth in Shortened SoCon Championships

The Western Carolina Lady Catamount golf team fell from fifth to sixth on the second-day of the competition, which became the final round of play Tuesday in the Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship in Boone.

Inclement weather at the 6,007-yard Hound Ears Country Club course forced the tourney to be shortened to 36-holes.

The Furman University Lady Paladins took the lead on the first day of competition, shooting a team-round of 303, holding on to take its eighth-straight Southern Conference team crown. UNC Greensboro finished second, 17 strokes behind the Paladins, with a two-day total of 637.

College of Charleston (652), East Tennessee State (671), and Appalachian State (674) rounded out the top five finishers in the championship.

The Lady Catamounts shot a first day 330, good enough for fifth-place. However, WCU managed a 347 on the second day, five-strokes behind fifth-place ASU, relegating the Lady Cats to sixth-place, two-round total of 677.

FU’s Jennifer Perri won the individual title, shooting a two-day total of 149 (76, 73). Perri was also named the SoCon’s Player of the Year. Greensboro’s Jessica Fought shot a 152, finishing second.

Individually for the Lady Cats, freshman Rebecca Twiner was one-stroke off the lead with an 77, leaving her in a four-way tie for second after the first day of play. Twiner finished in 15th, slipping with an 89 on the second day to finish at 166.

Junior Mary Faulk finished one-stroke behind Twiner in a tie for 16th with a 167 (79, 88). Senior Suzanne Shipley completed the tourney in a tie for 18th with a 169, and sophomore teammate Shelley Glennister placed 32nd, shooting 91 and 89 (180).

Freshman Kristin Jarman shot the best second-round total for the Lady Cats with an 84. But her first-round 98 resulted in a 182, tied for 33rd.