TULSA, OKLA.- The North Carolina women's golf team fired a 13-over-par 293 and is tied for 10th place with a 582 total after the second round of the NCAA Dale McNamara Fall Preview. Jackie Chang leads the Tar Heels in the individual standings as she is tied for 27th place.
"The team played well on our first nine holes," says Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "We struggled when the wind picked up on the back. It was a disappointing finish for the day, but at the same time we know where we need to improve and look forward to tomorrow."
Senior Chang and sophomore Samantha Marks both fired a 3-over-par 73 in the second round. Chang, from Scottsdale, Ariz., has a 5-over 145 total and is tied for 27th place. Marks, from Maitland, Fla., is one stroke back at 6-over 146 in a tie for 32nd along with teammate Elizabeth Mallett. Mallett, a sophomore from Sutton Coldfield, England, carded a 5-over 75 on Tuesday for her 146 total. Senior Katherine Perry, from Cary, N.C., shot a 6-over 76 for a 9-over 149 and is tied for 50th while freshman Leslie Cloots, from Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium, led the Tar Heel effort in the second round by firing a 2-over 72. She has an 11-over 151 total and is tied for 57th going into the final round.
Duke grabbed the lead over the 15-team field. The Blue Devils fired a 6-over-par 286 and sits at 9-over 569 going into the final round. Oklahoma is just one stroke back in second place at 10-over 570 after shooting an 8-over 288 on Tuesday. Oklahoma State is in third place at 11-over 571 while Southern California and Alabama are tied for fourth at 12-over 572 and Arizona is sixth at 575. Arizona State stands in seventh place at 577, Stanford is eighth at 578, Arkansas is ninth at 580 and Carolina and Vanderbilt are tied for 10th at 582.
The individual leaderboard is crowded at the top as four players are tied for first place at 2-under-par 138 - Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, Duke's Laetitia Beck, Southern California's Kyung Kim and Tulane's Emily Penttila. Beck and Penttila fired a 3-under 67 in the second round while Jimenez and Kim both shot 1-under 69. Regina Piasencia of Arkansas and Julie Yang of Oklahoma State are one stroke back in a tie for fifth place at 1-under 139.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played 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.