WILMINGTON, N.C. - The University of North Carolina women's golf team is in fifth place after the first round of The Landfall Tradition being played at the Country Club of Landfall here. Carolina carded a 17-over-par 305 on Friday, and was led by senior Jackie Chang who fired a 1-under-par 71 on Friday.
Chang, from Scottsdale, Ariz., fired five birdies, four on the back nine, along with two bogeys and one double bogey en route to her 71 which put her in a tie for second place, just one stroke behind the leader. Sophomores Elizabeth Mallett, from Sutton Coldfield, England, and Samantha Marks, from Maitland, Fla., both carded a 3-over 75 and are tied for 19th place. Senior Katherine Perry posted a 12-over 84 while sophomore Maia Schechter shot an 88. Perry, from Cary, N.C., is in 85th place and Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., is 93rd.
Alabama grabbed the lead over the 18-team field by firing a 3-under 285 on the tough Pete Dye Course. The Crimson Tide is 10 strokes ahead of Duke which carded a 7-over 295. South Carolina is in third place at 12-over 300 while Arizona and North Carolina round out the top five. The Wildcats are in fourth place at 16-over 304 while the Tar Heels are at 17-over at 305. Virginia and Wake Forest are tied for sixth place at 306 while Clemson and Oklahoma State are tied for eighth at 307.
Stephanie Meadow of Alabama leads all individuals after the first round. Meadow fired a 2-under-par 70 and holds a slim 1-stroke lead over Carolina's Chang, South Carolina's Katelyn Dambaugh, and Alabama's Hannah Collier and Emma Talley. Alone in sixth place at even par 72 is Celine Boutier of Duke while a trio of players are tied for seventh place at 1-over 73 - Duke's Laetitia Beck, Alabama's Janie Jackson and Virginia's Portland Rosen.
The 54-hole event continues through Sunday at the Country Club of Landfall's Pete Dye Course which features a par 72, 6,244-yard layout. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.