TULSA, OKLA.- The North Carolina women's golf team is in 10th place after the first round of the NCAA Dale McNamara Fall Preview after shooting a 9-over-par 289. The Tar Heels were led by sophomore Elizabeth Mallet who fired a 1-over 71.
"It was good to tee it up and get the fall season underway," says Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "The team looked good for the most part. We were hitting it well. The greens were very demanding and I feel like the speed of our putts could have been better. We worked hard on our putting after the round and know we will have a great round tomorrow."
Mallett, from Sutton Coldfield, England, was even par after nine holes (the back nine as the Tar Heels started on the 10th tee), and on her back nine she carded two birdies, one bogey and one double bogey and is tied for 21st place. Senior Jackie Chang is one stroke back at 2-over 72 in a tie for 31st. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native fired two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey en route to her 2-over score. Senior Katherine Perry, from Cary, N.C., and sophomore Samantha Marks, from Maitland, Fla., both posted a 3-over 73 and are tied for 38th place. Leslie Cloots, a freshman from Oelegam, Antwerp, Belgium, shot a 79 and is tied for 69th.
Oklahoma State leads the field of 15 teams as the Cowboys fired a 2-under-par 278. Oklahoma is four strokes back in second place at 2-over 282. Duke and Arizona are tied for third place at 3-over 283 while Arizona State is fifth at 284, Stanford is sixth at 286 and Vanderbilt is seventh at 287. Georgia and Southern California are tied for eighth at 288 while the Tar Heels are 10th at 289 and Alabama is 11th at 290.
Julie Yang of Oklahoma State fired a 3-under-par 67 to grab the individual lead. She holds a one stroke advantage over Lauren Kim of Stanford who shot a 2-under 68. There are nine players tied for third place at 1-under 69 - Duke's Alejandra Cangrejo, Oklahoma's Chirapet Jao-Javani and Kellyn Rohrback, Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, Southern California's Kyung Kim, Arizona's Kendall Prince and Andrea Vilarasau, Vanderbilt's Morgan Ransom and Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse.
The 54-hole event continues through Wednesday at the Tulsa Country Club which features a par 70, 6,168-yard layout and is the site of the 2014 NCAA Championships. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.