UNCP women’s golf two shots off the lead

Staff report

SALISBURY – University of North Carolina at Pembroke seniors Laura Bird and Rebecca Mirovich each turned in even-par scorecards on Monday to pace the Braves’ women’s golf team to second place after the opening round of the Patsy Rendleman Invitational at the par-72, 6,005-yard Country Club of Salisbury.

Bird (E) and Mirovich are both tied for third heading into today’s final round in western North Carolina. Ashlii Thompson (+4) carded a 4-over-par 76 to settle into a tie for 10th place, while Savannah Thompson (+7) registered a 79 on Monday and is among a four-way tie for 21st place. Amanda Levy (+9) shares 29th place with three other players as well.

West Georgia (+9) will take a slight two-stroke lead over the Braves (+11) into Tuesday’s final round action. King (+21), Converse (+30) and Tusculum (+31) round out the top 5.

Today’s action is set to get underway at 8:30 a.m.

Sigmon named UNCP Athlete of the Week

PEMBROKE — A standout performance last Friday that helped pace the University of North Carolina at Pembroke men’s cross country team to a third-place finish at the Royals Challenge in Charlotte has earned Tim Sigmon UNCP Athlete of the Week recognition, athletics department officials announced Monday.

Sigmon, a senior from Mount Airy, Maryland, registered a time of 25:06.06 and finished 19th at the NCAA Division I-heavy event at Charlotte’s McAlpine Park. The mark was the 14th-fastest 8K time in school history and was within two seconds of Sigmon’s previous personal-best time at that distance set last season at the Sand Shark Invitational.

Sigmon was the eighth NCAA Division II runner to cross the finish line at Friday’s event.

A two-year starter for the Braves since transferring from Bryan College prior to the 2014 season, Sigmon has been UNCP’s top finisher in nine of 10 of his races. A 2014 all-Peach Belt Conference selection, he has finished inside the top 20 in all 10 of his races with UNCP, including six top-10 performances.

Staff report

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