SORRENTO, FLA. - The University of North Carolina women's golf team grabbed the second-round lead of the UCF Challenge after firing a blistering 10-under-par 278 on Monday. Four Tar Heels scored par or better scores in Monday's second round and the Tar Heels sit atop the leaderboard with an 11-under 565 total.
"The team did a great job today with all of them not worrying about the final outcome and just staying in the process," says Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "I know that sounds like a broken record, but it's what we work on day-in and day-out. It's not the easiest thing to do in golf, but when they do it, they get great results. We're looking forward to tomorrow and doing the same thing."
Casey Grice, Elizabeth Mallett, Katherine Perry all scored under-par rounds on Monday while Jackie Chang was even on the day. Junior Grice, from College Station, Texas, led the way for the Tar Heels by firing a 4-under 68. She is in third place at 4-under 140. Her round included five birdies and one bogey, with four of the birdies coming on the back nine. Freshman Mallett and junior Perry both fired a 3-under 69 on Monday and both players scored four birdies and one bogey. Mallett is in sixth place at 2-under 142 while Perry is tied for 16th at 1-over 145. Courtney Gunter, a senior from Matthews, N.C., struggled with an 80 in the second round and is tied for 48th with a 151 total. Maia Schechter, a sophomore from Takoma Park, Md., is competing as an individual and shot an 80 on Monday for a 156 total and is tied for 76th.
Carolina, which was tied for second entering the second round, really turned up the heat on the back nine, playing those holes in 7-under. The Tar Heels' 11-under 565 total is 16 strokes ahead of host UCF and Tulane which are tied for second place at 5-over 581 as both teams carded a 5-over 294 in the second round. East Carolina and August State are tied for fourth place at 11-over 587 while Miami and Virginia are tied for sixth at 588. South Carolina, the first-round leader is alone in eighth place at 14-over 590.
Briana Mao of Virginia and Natalie Wille of Augusta State are tied for the individual lead at 5-under-par 139. Mao fired a 3-under 69 on Monday while Wille shot an even par 72. Carolina's Grice is one stroke back in third at 4-under 140. Two players are tied for fourth place at 3-under 141 - Texas State's Krista Puisite and Miami's Leticia Ras-Anderica. Carolina's Mallett is alone in sixth place at 2-under 142 while there are five players tied for seventh at 1-under 143 - Carolina's Chang, Tulane's Silvia Garces and Emily Penttila, Coastal Carolina's Brittany Henderson and UCF's Monifa Sealy.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Tuesday at RedTail Golf Club which features a par 72, 6,374-yard layout. The Tar Heels begin teeing off at 8:45 a.m. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.