WCU tied for sixth after day one at SoCon Championship
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – A pair of freshmen, Kaitlyn Wingnean and Elisabeth Lohbauer guided the West Carolina women’s golf team to a tie for sixth place after 18 holes on Sunday in the first round of the 2022 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship on the par-72, 6,004 tincture course yards at the Barefoot Resort.
Wingnean and Lohbauer both carded matching rounds of 3 on the par 75 to sit tied for 13th place after the first round. WCU was tied with in-state conference rival UNCG with matching scores of 304.
Dramatic weather forecasts for Monday prompted conference officials to begin the second round of the event after Sunday’s opening round ended with plans to complete as much of the first day as possible. Although three teams were able to complete 36 holes, play was suspended in the second round due to darkness with three teams between 15 and 18 holes remaining and the remaining three teams between 9 and 12 holes remaining to complete the second round. .
With six teams still to play, the WCU had unofficially moved up one spot to fifth with a score of 610 in two rounds.
The six teams with holes remaining in the second round will attempt to complete the tournament through 36 holes on Monday. Depending on weather conditions, officials expect to finish the event on Tuesday with the third round. The live score of the event is available online via GolfStat.
Wingnean blocked five bogeys with a pair of birdies for his par 75 3-over, while Lohbauer rebounded after two double bogeys and a bogey with two birdies to tie his classmate.
Junior Victoria Ladd and freshman in red shirt Kayleigh Baker were two strokes behind the freshman duo with first-round scores of 5 on the par 77, both tied for 26th. Ladd birdied both the front and back nine to counter seven bogeys and Baker rallied from a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth, building momentum late with a pair of birdies among his four last holes in the second round. Complete WCU score five was senior madison isaacson tied for 33rd with a first-round score of 79.
No. 45 Furman and Mercer were tied atop the team standings after 18 holes with matching first-round scores of 293, with ETSU (296), Chattanooga (301) and Wofford (302) rounding out the top five . WCU and UNCG were tied for sixth, two strokes behind at 304 with Samford (311) and The Citadel (319) rounding out the pack.
Furman’s Sophia Burnett hit a 2-under par 70 to take the lead in a three-under tie for second between Chattanooga’s Dorota Zalewska, ETSU’s Sera Hasegawa and Furman’s Anna Morgan a shot back at 1 under par 71.
The second round is due to resume Tuesday at 8 a.m.
T6 – West Carolina – 304 (+14)
T13 – Kaitlyn Wingnean –75 (+3)
T13 – Elisabeth Lohbauer –75 (+3)
T26 – Victoria Ladd –77 (+5)
T26 – Kayleigh Baker –77 (+5)
T33 – madison isaacson –79 (+7)