CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina women's golf team finished 16th in the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational after they shot a final team score of a 34-over 898. The Tar Heels, led by sophomore Elizabeth Mallett who fired a 1-over 73 on day three, registered a 21-over 309.
"Elizabeth is absolutely a grinder and she will never give up. I saw that with several of them," commented Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "Even though the back side played harder and we started on the back, the girls hung in there and tried to come back. It just wasn't our day."
Mallett, from Sutton Coldfield, England, and senior Katherine Perry, from Cary, N.C., tied for 38th place at 7-over 223. Mallett carded the best Par 3 average in the third round. While Perry, who shot three birdies and eight pars in the final round, carded a 5-over 77. Samantha Marks, a sophomore from Maitland, Fla., fired two birdies and eight pars to solidify her 53rd-place finish. Marks shot an 8-over 80 in the third round and a final score of a 10-over 226. Senior Jackie Chang, a native from Scottsdale, Ariz., recorded a 7-over 79 on day three to end with a 13-over 229 final score. Chang finished in 68th place in the field of 96 after she shot a birdie and 10 pars. From Takoma Park, Md., junior Maia Schechter shot an 8-over 80 in the third round with one birdie and 11 pars. Schechter carded a 15-over 231 to end in 76th place. The Tar Heels registered one individual player in the tournament, freshman Leslie Cloots. The native of Antwerp, Belgium, Cloots recorded one birdie and 13 pars for a day three score of a 4-over 76 and a total score of a 13-over 229.
"Any girl on my team can go low and shoot a 65, and any girl on the team can have a bad day. We just have to chalk it up and work hard and be prepared for the next tournament," stated Mann.
Duke fired a 7-under 857 in the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational to solidify first place in the field of 18 teams. Vanderbilt finished second with Oklahoma not far behind at 4-over 868 and 7-over 871, respectively. Arkansas shot a 10-over 864 to finish in fourth place. There was a three-way tie for fifth place, each at a 14-over 878, between Alabama, South Carolina, and Clemson.
"We got a lot of support, and we treated it like a home tournament," stated Duke's head coach Dan Brooks. "We had lot of people come watch us so that felt good. The whole tournament was pretty solid for us. I saw smart golf out there today, and we fought well."
Clemson's Ashlan Ramsey dominated the competition finishing first with a 9-under-par 207. Vanderbilt's Jenny Hahn was in second place with a 5-under 211 total score. In a tie for third at 4-under 212 were LSU's Caroline Nistrup and Duke's Celine Boutier and Laetitia Beck. Also from Duke, Yu Liu carded a 3-under 213 to finish in sixth place with South Carolina's Justine Dreher trailing by one stroke to finish in seventh place at a 2-under 214.
The Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational was played on UNC's Finely Golf Course, a par 72, 6,379-yard layout. The next tournament for the Tar Heels will be the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. on Oct. 25-27. The tournament will be played on the Landfall Dye Course with a par-72, 6,997-yard layout.