The North Carolina women's golf team is in third place after the second round of the Liz Murphey Fall Preview. The Tar Heels fired a 1-over-par 289 on Saturday at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Junior Casey Grice led the Tar Heels by firing a 2-under 70 in the second round.
"I'm very proud of the entire team today," says Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "They played with a great deal of confidence and stayed patient throughout the round. We are looking forward to tomorrow's final round."
Grice, from College Station, Texas, fired three birdies and just one bogey on her way to a 2-under 70. She stands at 1-under 143 after two days and is tied for third place. Junior Jackie Chang fired an even par 72 in the second round. The Paradise Valley, Ariz., native is tied for 10th place at 1-over 145. Elizabeth Mallett, a freshman from Sutton Coldfield, England, fired a 1-over 73 after scoring four bogies and three birdies, including one of the last hole. Mallett stands tied for 36h place with a 150 total. Junior Katherine Perry and sophomore Maia Schechter are both tied for 40th with 151 totals. Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., carded a 2-over 74 on Saturday while Perry, from Cary, N.C., shot a 5-over 77.
Auburn still leads the field of 18 teams after two rounds. The Tigers shot a 5-over 293 on Saturday for a 580 total. Alabama is five strokes back in second place at 9-over 585 and the Tar Heels are just one stroke behind the Crimson Tide at 10-over 586. Alabama and Carolina fired the low rounds of the day as both teams fired a 1-over 289. Southern California is in fourth place at 592 and Texas A&M and Georgia are tied for fifth at 595. Oklahoma is in seventh place with a 596 total while three teams are tied for eighth place at 597 - Tennessee, Duke and Denver.
Marta Sanz of Auburn grabbed the individual lead firing a 3-under 69 in the second round for a 4-under 140 total. Paula Reto of Purdue is two strokes back in second place at 2-under 142. Three players are tied for third place at 1-under 143 - Carolina's Grice, Virginia's Brittany Altomare and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow. Four players are tied for sixth place at even par 144 - Alabama's Hannah Collier, Denver's Tonje Daffinrud, UCLA's Eynne Lee and Auburn's Carlie Yadloczky.The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Sunday at the University of Georgia Golf Course which features a par 72, 6,335-yard layout and is the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.