HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The University of North Carolina women's golf team fired an 15-over-par 299 in the second round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and is tied for fifth place with a 594 total. The Tar Heels were led by juniors Casey Grice and Katherine Perry who both posted a 2-over 73 on Saturday. In addition, senior Courtney Gunter, who is playing as an individual, fired an even par 71.
"It was not our best team performance today," said Tar Heel head coach Jan Mann. "However, we did have strong play by Courtney Gunter, Casey Grice and Katherine Perry. I believe the team came away with how important it is to stay in their process throughout the entire round and not be so concerned about the outcome while they are playing. We expect to have a great day tomorrow."
Three Tar Heels are in the top 20 individually. Grice, from College Station, Texas, is tied for fourth place at 2-over 144, just six strokes behind the leader, while Perry, from Cary, N.C., is tied for 14th with a 5-over 147 total. Gunter's even par 71 moved her up to a tie for 20th at 149 although her score cannot count toward to team total. The Matthews, N.C., native scored four birdies and four bogeys on Saturday. Elizabeth Mallet, a freshman from Sutton Coldfield, England, carded a 6-over 77 in the second round for an 8-over 150 total and stands tied for 26th. Junior Jackie Chang, from Scottsdale, Ariz., shot a 5-over 76 for a 153 total and is tied for 42nd while sophomore Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., shot 80 and is in 55th place with a 157 total.
Vanderbilt fired a 2-under-par 282 to grab the second-round lead with a 10-over 578 total. LSU is three strokes back in second place at 13-over 581 after shooting a 2-over 286 on Saturday. Alabama is third at 585 while Arkansas is fourth at 591 and Carolina and Arizona State are tied for fifth place at 594. Rounding out the top 10 is Tennessee in seventh place at 598, UCF is eighth at 600, Virginia is ninth at 604 and Georgia is 10th at 607.
Madelene Sagstrom of LSU fired a 4-under-par 67 in the second round to grab the individual lead at 4-under 138. Three strokes back in second place at 1-under 141 is Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State who carded a 2-under 69 on Saturday. Inna Gabasa of Vanderbilt is in third place at 1-over 143 while three players are tied for fourth place at 2-over 144 - Carolina's Grice, Arizona State's Dani Ordonez and Vanderbilt's Kendall Martindale. Four players are tied for seventh place at 3-over 145 - Arkansas' Emma Lavy and Gabriela Lopez, Tennessee's Erica Popson and Alabama's Emma Talley.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Sunday at the Long Cove Club which features a par 71, 6,211-yard layout. There will be a 9:30 shotgun start for Sunday's final round. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.