FRANKLIN, TENN.- The North Carolina women's golf team shot a 13-over-par 301 in the final round of the Mason Rudolph Championship and finished in the tenth spot with a 53-over 917 total. Juniors Casey Grice, Jackie Chang and Freshman Elizabeth Mallett led the Tar Heels Sunday. All three finished 2-over in the final round.
Grice, from College Station, Texas, finished in a tie in 13th place at 8-over with a total of 224 in the individual race after recording a 74 in the final round. The junior was 2-under on the back nine, after eagling hole 14. She fell to 3-over going into hole nine, which she birdied. Paradise Valley, Ariz., native Chang improved to a tie in 23rd with a total of 228, 12-over-par. She carded three birdies in the round, including one on her final hole. Mallett from Sutton Coldfield, England, began the day 1-under after a birdie on hole 18, but she fell to 3-over after a double bogey and a bogey on the front nine. Mallett and Katherine Perry, a junior form Cary, N.C., were two of seven golfers tied in 51st place; both recorded 19-over 235 totals. Perry recorded a 7-over 79 for the round. Sophomore Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., finished in a tie in 71st in the individual race with a 29-over 245 total. Schechter was 11-over with an 83 total. She was 12-over going into her final three holes, but birded two of the three and bogeying the other to push her to 11-over for the day, Courtney Gunter, a senior form Matthews, N.C., participated in the tournament as a individual and fell to 77th place after shooting 85 in the round and totaling a 34-over 250.
Arizona remained in first place among the fifteen teams after shooting a 17-over 305 Sunday, totaling a 25-over 889. The Razorbacks finished three strokes better than second place finisher Virginia, who recorded a 28-over 892 for the tournament after firing a 9-over 297 in the third round. Michigan State took third with a 33-over 897, just one stroke ahead of fourth place Texas, who shot a 21-over 309 Sunday, knocking them from the top three. Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Georgia, and North Carolina rounded out the top ten, with the Aggies and Demon Deacons in a tie in 6th place.
Emilie Burger of Georgia fired an even par for all three rounds of the tournament, finishing with a 216 total and in first place. Burger's final score was two strokes ahead of the second place tie between Michigan State's Caroline Powers and Arizona's Kendall Prince. Prince fell from the first position after two rounds with a 4-over 76 Sunday. Powers fired a 1-over 73 to improve to second. Olafia Kristinsdottir of Wake Forest and Kendall Martindale of Vanderbilt tied in fourth place, each carding 5-over 221 performances for the tournament.
The 54-hole event was played at Vanderbilt Legends Club, a par 72 course with a 6,312-yard layout. The Tar Heels return to action Oct. 5-7 at the Fall Preview in Athens, Ga.