STILLWATER, OKLA. - North Carolina's 21st-ranked women's golf team fired a 313 in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional to finish in 14th place with a 916 total. Senior Katherine Perry and freshman Leslie Cloots led the Tar Heels on Saturday by both firing a 5-over-par 77.
Perry, from Cary, N.C., fired three birdies, six bogies and one double bogey to tie for 15th place while Cloots, from Antwerp, Belgium, posted five bogeys to tie for 66th. Elizabeth Mallett, a sophomore from Sutton Coldfield, England, tied for 74th after shooting an 83 in the final round. Junior Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., tied for 87th after carding a 79 and senior Jackie Chang, from Scottsdale, Ariz., tied for 90th after shooting an 80 on Saturday.
UCLA captured the team title over the 24-team field with an 11-over 875 total after firing a 1-under 287 in the final round. Alabama was the runner-up at 28-over 892 after posting a 300 in the final round. Mississippi State finished one stroke back in third place with a 29-over 893 total while California placed fourth at 894, Ohio State and Kansas tied for fifth at 899, Arizona finished seventh at 901 while Florida and host Oklahoma State tied for eighth at 902. Florida defeated Oklahoma State on the first playoff hole for the last spot to advance to NCAAs.
Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State captured the individual title with a 7-under 209 total after firing a 1-under 71 in the final round. Dana Finkelstein of UNLV and Emma Talley of Alabama tied for second at 2-under 214. Ally McDonald shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to finish in fourth place at 1-under 215. UCLA's Alison Lee and Florida's Sarah Schober tied for fifth place at 1-over 217 while three players tied for seventh at 2-over 218 - Miami's Daniela Danquea and Isabella Deilert and California's Hannah Suh.
The 54-hole event was played at Karsten Creek Golf Club which features a par 72, 6,200-yard layout. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those eight teams advance on to the NCAA Championships to be played May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.