September 15, 2008

Rhyne tied atop leader board, Tech third at Great Smokies

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Sophomore Carley Rhyne is tied for the individual lead at three-under 69, and Tennessee Tech is in third place among 22 teams competing in the 10th annual Great Smokies Invitational women's golf tournament.

Host Western Carolina broke the tournament's three-year old single-round scoring record by two strokes, carding an opening round 284 on Monday to grab a seven-stroke lead at the tournament being played at the par 72, 5,922-yard Waynesville Country Club.

The second and final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Behind Western Carolina is Samford (291) in second place, with two-time tournament champion Tennessee Tech in third at 292. Tech won the team title at this event in 1999 and 2000.

Following Tech is Wofford, one-stroke back at 293 and Elon (297) rounding out the top five.

Rhyne, a sophomore from Powell, Tenn., is one of three players stand tied atop the individual leader board after 18 holes. She is joined by Belmont's Lorie Warren, and Chelsea Harris of Austin Peay.

Junior Diana Carson is next for Tech, shooting a one-under 71 Monday to place her in a tie for eighth. Seniors Madison Denman and Ashley Spangler carded identical scores of 76, and are tied for 44th place. Junior Megan Bradford, who earned all-tournament honors last week at Draper Valley with a strong second round, is tied for 68th place with a 78.

Complete results and recaps from Tuesday's final round will be available online at www.CatamountSports.com.

Team Standings after one round:

1 Western Carolina 284 -4
2 Samford University 291 +3
3 Tennessee Tech 292 +4
4 Wofford 293 +5
5 Elon 297 +9
6 Winthrop 298 +10
7 Jacksonville 299 +11
8 Old Dominion 300 +12
9 USC Upstate 301 +13
   Austin Peay 301 +13
   Belmont 301 +13
12 Morehead State 304 +16
13 Marshall 305 +17
   Gardner-Webb 305 +17
   Radford 305 +17
   Akron 305 +17

17 Appalachian State 307 +19
   Western Kentucky 307 +19
19 High Point 310 +22
20 Mercer University 318 +30
21 The Citadel 329 +41
   Mobile 329 +41