The Western Carolina women’s golf team struggled on the second day of the Lady Seahawk Invitational, and as a result slipped from 5th place to 8th place. The tournament, held at River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, NC during March 26 and 27, did showcase what was a strong performance by senior Bianca Melone. Melone shot a three-round total of 223 and finished in a tie for sixth place. Melone opened up the tourney with a 73 before firing 75 on the second and third rounds. Junior Emily Klein of UNC-Wilmington won the individual title as she finished 11 strokes ahead of Melone. UNCW also took home second place as Carmen Perez-Narbon finished four strokes behind Klein’s 212. Junior Malin Fryk was another strong performer for the Catamounts. Fryk tied for 17th place as she shot a 75 and 74 before slipping to 80 in the third round. Freshman Desiree Karlsson tied for 38th as she shot a 235. Karlsson fired a 75 in the second round, but a third-round 82 was her undoing. Elin Mickelsson and Kandy Carland were the final two Catamount finishers. Mickelsson finished tied for 68th with a 247, while Carland finished tied for 74th with a 251. The Lady Catamounts finished with a three-round total of 934 as they shot a 307, 306, and unfortunately a third-round score of 321. Had Western fired a 308 then they could have tied for 6th place, but 8th place is still a strong finish. Western beat out the University of Kentucky and six other schools. UNC-Wilmington used home-field advantage to win the tournament. The Seahawks shot an 888 to finish 46 strokes ahead of WCU and 13 strokes ahead of second place-finisher East Tennessee State. The Lady Cats next tourney is on March 2 at the John Kirk/Lady Panter Collegiate in Atlanta.