Tech tied for 8th place, Carson fifth at Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate

Tech tied for 8th place, Carson fifth at Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate

Morganton, N.C. -Senior Diana Carson is tied for fifth place and the Tennessee Tech women's golf team is tied for eighth halfway through the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina University.

Elon (305) leads Western Carolina (306) by one stroke to headline the opening round of the tournament at the par-72, 5,869-yard Mimosa Hills Golf Club. Appalachian State (308) is third as the top three teams are within three strokes of the first place overall.

William & Mary (312) is fourth with Wofford (313) rounding out the top five.

Wofford's Sara Hurt is the individual leader after carding an even-par, 72, on Monday. She is one stroke ahead of William & Mary's Carolina Sweet who shot 73, with a pair of individuals from North Carolina State -- Cindel Gwyn and Julie Saleeby -- both tied for third after shooting two-over, 74.

Carson opened play with a three-over 75 and is in a five-way tie for fifth place. Junior Carley Ryhne (pictured above) is next for coach Brandy Stout's team, shooting a 78 to put her in a tie for 24th place. Freshman Amanda Randolph (80) is tied for 37th, followed by senior Megan Bradford (85) and freshman Katherine Bell (87).

Tech's first round 318 has the Golden Eagles tie with Gardner-Webb for eighth place, just one shot behind Richmond and Jacksonville State in a sixth-place tie. The field includes 15 teams and 78 individual golfers.

The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday, Tech's final round of tournament play before heading to the OVC Championships.