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WCU's Lohbauer Named SoCon Women’s Golfer of the Week

Fresh off her second career individual medalist honors at this week’s Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, Western Carolina junior Elizabeth Lohbauer was today named the Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for all competitions from March 27 through April 2.


The weekly award is the third of Lohbauer’s three-year career in Cullowhee, each coming in the spring semester. Last season, she claimed her first career weekly plaudit after finishing seventh to lead WCU at the RiverTowne Invitational in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 26-28, 2023, and the second following her sharing individual medalist honors at the Jackrabbit Invitational (March 13-14, 2023) in Boulder City, Nev.


Lohbauer’s weekly honor is the second for a Catamount women’s golfer this season as she joins sophomore teammate Brie Mapanao who earned her second weekly award back in Nov. 2023, following her first career first-place finish at the fall-concluding Terrier Intercollegiate.


This week, Lohbauer paced a trio of Catamounts inside the individual Top Five as Western Carolina successfully defended its team championship at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by rival Appalachian State at the par-72, 6,130-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton, N.C. She carded rounds of even-par 72 and 5-over par 77 on Monday before pulling away for the four-stroke victory with a 3-under par 69 on Tuesday for a two-day, 54-hole score of 2-over par 218.


Lohbauer’s blemish-free final round featured 15 pars and three birdies and was the only round shot in the 60s among the 45-golfer field over the 54-hole event. Tied for the event lead after Monday’s 36 holes, Lohbauer pulled away for the four-stroke victory on the final day of competition.


Originally from Venice, Fla., and a product of Cox Mill High in North Carolina, Lohbauer paced the field in par-4 scoring at 1-over par (4.03). And thanks to her 15 pars in Tuesday's final round, she led the field with 40 total pars over the two days. Lohbauer finished the tournament with seven birdies, tied for second on the Catamount squad.


Through 24 seasonal rounds, Lohbauer ranks second in the WCU squad with a 74.25 seasonal scoring average – ranked 10th in the Southern Conference rankings. She is one of two Catamounts to claim individual medalist honors this season – and among an elite group of seven in the league with at least one first-place finish in 2023-24.


Western Carolina now looks to carry the momentum from the squad’s seventh team championship over the past three seasons into the 2024 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship which returns to the Moss Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island, S.C., April 14-16. WCU looks to build upon last year's third-place showing on the same course.

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