FRANKLIN, Tenn.- The North Carolina women's golf team shot a 4-over-par 292 in the final round of the Mason Rudolph Championship and finished in the sixth spot with a 17-over 881 total. Sophomore Samantha Marks was the only Tar Heel to shoot a subpar round Sunday with a 1-under 71. Junior Maia Schechter also carded a 71 Sunday, competing as an individual this week. Katherine Perry, a senior from Cary, N.C., was the low Tar Heel for the tournament with a 4-over 220.
"The team played well today," Head Coach Jan Mann said. "It was nice to see a couple of our team members bounce back and have very solid rounds. The course was very demanding with the wind and you really had to think your way around it."
Perry finished in a tie for 22nd place in the individual race after recording a 1-over 73 in the final round. She shot 1-over on the front nine with one bogey before shooting a 36 on the back with one birdies and one bogey. Scottsdale, Ariz., native Jackie Chang finished with a 4-over 221 for the tournament after a 4-over 76 on Sunday. The senior carded three birdies, five bogeys, and one double-bogey on the par-3 3rd and finished tied for 24th. Sophomore Elizabeth Mallett from Sutton Coldfield, England, shot a 38 on the front nine with one birdie, one bogey and one double-bogey and 1-over on the back with a birdie and two bogies to finish with a 3-over 75. Mallett ended tied for 29th with 6-over 222. Marks, of Maitland, Fla., carded a birdie and bogey on the front nine to shoot a 36 before birding her last two holes to shoot a 9-over 225 for the tournament, ending in a tie for 38th. A freshman from Antwerp, Belgium, Leslie Cloots finished her second collegiate tournament with a final-round 1-over 73. She carded three bogies and two birdies, including a finishing birdie on the 18th to end 10-over 226 in a tie for 41st. Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., finished in a tie for 32nd in the individual race with a 7-over 223 total. Schechter shot a solid round with three birdies and two bogies.
UCLA shot a blistering, single round record 11-under 277 Sunday to finish 14-under 850 and won the team championship out of fifteen teams. The Bruins tied their own single round record set in 2008. The Sun Devils from Arizona State finished 20 shots behind the Bruins with a 6-over 870 tournament total after starting the day only five strokes behind. Host Vanderbilt and the Duke Blue Devils both finished in third with 12-over 876 totals after 3-over 291 totals on Sunday. NC State took fifth with a 16-over 880, just one stroke ahead of the Tar Heels. Auburn, Alabama, Michigan State, and Kentucky rounded out the top 10.
Bruins' Erynne Lee won with a 7-under 209 total after starting the day in second place. Fellow teammate Alison Lee started the day in fourth and finished in second with a 6-under 210 total. Augusta James of NC State fired a 72 on Sunday to finish in third, four strokes behind the champion. Alabama's Stephanie Meadow finished in fourth after an even-par round Sunday to finish with a 2-under 214. These four players were the only ones to finish the tournament under par. Tied for fifth with even-par 216s were Simin Feng, Brittany Marchand, Liz Nagel, and Marta Sanz of Vanderbilt, NC State, Michigan State, and Auburn, respectively. Vanderbilt's Kendall Martindale, Baylor's Hayley Davis, Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez, and Duke's Yu Liu rounded out the top 10, each tied for ninth with 1-over 217 finishes. Overnight leader Elizabeth Brightwell of Virginia was disqualified in the final round for signing an incorrect scorecard and finished in last place. She started the day at 5-under, two strokes ahead of Erynne Lee and James.
The 54-hole event was played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course, a par 72 course with a 6,337-yard layout. The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill in three weeks for the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 11-13 at Finley Golf Course.