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WCU Women’s Golf Wins Opening Match; Event Schedule Altered

Western Carolina women’s golf claimed its opening match of the 2024 Oyster Shuck Match Play tournament, downing Tennessee Tech 3-2 on Monday morning at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course. Weather, however, has altered the schedule and format of the event, canceling the semifinal matches slated for Monday afternoon and shortening the tournament to two rounds.


Weather and course conditions permitting, Western Carolina will square off against Radford on Tuesday in the final round scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. The two remaining unbeaten squads following Tuesday’s four winner’s bracket matches will be declared co-champions of the weather-shortened event.

Three Catamounts won their respective head-to-head matches on Monday propelling WCU into the makeshift championship round on Tuesday. Victoria Ladd and Brie Mapanao were both up four holes with three to play (4 & 3), while Elizabeth Lohbauer won her match 5 & 4. Opening on the 10th tee, Ladd defeated Tennessee Tech’s Kaydi Rhodes while Mapanao downed TTU’s Reagan Stuke starting on No. 11. Third in the lineup beginning on Hole No. 12, Lohbauer defeated Tennessee Tech’s Ainsley Simms.


The Golden Eagles picked up its two wins as Chloe Griffith defeated Kaitlyn Wingnean 4 & 3 and Gittle Sciolis won over Kayleigh Baker, 6 & 5.


Also in Monday morning’s first round, Samford downed event-host The Citadel 4-1, Radford defeated Appalachian State 3-2, and Wofford defeated Purdue-Fort Wayne 3-2 with the winners advancing to the finals.


Keep track of everything related to Catamount women's golf and WCU Athletics through its social media outlets on Facebook (, Instagram (@wcu_catamounts), and Twitter (@catamounts, @CatamountWGolf).



Western Carolina def. Tennessee Tech, 3-2:

Chloe Griffith, TTU def. Kaitlyn Wingnean, WCU – 4&3

Victoria Ladd, WCU def. Kaydi Rhodes, TTU – 4&3

Brie Mapanao, WCU def. Reagan Stuke, TTU – 4&3

Elizabeth Lohbauer, WCU def. Ainsley Simms, TTU – 5&4

Gittle Sciolis, TTU def. Kayleigh Baker, WCU – 6&5


Oyster Shuck Match Play Results – Monday, Feb. 12:

Western Carolina def. Tennessee Tech, 3-2

Samford def. The Citadel, 4-1

Radford def. Appalachian State, 3-2

Wofford def. Purdue-Fort Wayne, 3-2


Final Round Winner’s Bracket Matches – Tuesday, Feb. 13:

Western Carolina vs. Radford

Samford vs. Wofford

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