Junior Katherine Perry follows through on her swing.
Junior Katherine Perry follows through on her swing.
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Women Golfers Improve to 12th
Release: 09/22/2012

FRANKLIN, TENN.- The North Carolina women's golf team played an 18-over-par 306 in the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship and moves into 12th place with a 40-over 616 total.  Junior Katherine Perry led the Tar Heels on Saturday shooting a 2-over-par 74.

Perry, from Cary, N.C., was 4-over going into her last three holes, but she birdied two of the three to finish just 2-over on the day. With her 156 total, Perry improves to a tie in 47th place. Junior Casey Grice and freshman Elizabeth Mallett both finished the round 5-over. College Station, Texas, native Grice carded two birdies on the back nine, but could not maintain her even performance into the last nine holes and sits in a tie in 20th place in the individual race with a 150 total. Mallett, from Sutton Coldfield, England, is now tied in 68th with a total of 161. She recorded three birdies, four bogeys, and two double bogeys in the round. Junior Jackie Chang, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., finished with a 6-over 78 performance to push her to a tie in 37th place. Chang birdied her final hole to end with three birdies and 6-over for the second round. Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., shot an 11-over 83 in the second round. The sophomore fell to a tie in 70th in the individual race with a 162 total, and her score will not count for the Tar Heels. Senior Courtney Gunter, from Matthews, N.C., is in 75th place playing as an individual with a 21-over 165 combined score. She was 15-over going into her final hole, but birdied hole nine to finish the day with a 14-over 86.

The University of Arizona moved into first place after firing a 2-under-par 286 performance. The Razorbacks are now 8-over in their two round total. First round first place finisher Texas slipped into the second position with a 7-over 589. Texas is six strokes ahead of the third place tie between Virginia and Texas A&M, both of whom are 19-over following two rounds of play.

Kendall Prince of Arizona grabbed first place in the individual race after two rounds. Prince shot a 2-under 70 in the second round to put her at a 1-under 143 total. Just a stroke behind her, Georgia's Emilie Burger and Texas A&M's Natalie Reeves are tied with a total of 144 each. In a  three-way tie at fourth, Tezira Abe of Texas and Manon Gidali and Janie Jackson of Arizona are two strokes behind the first place individual. The three golfers are 1-over-par at 145.

The 54-hole tournament continues through Sunday at Vanderbilt Legends Club, a par 72 course with a 6,312-yard layout. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.

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