BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - The University of North Carolina women's golf team tied for third in the Bryan National Collegiate after shooting a 6-over-par 294 Friday. Junior Casey Grice leads the Tar Heels after firing a 1-under 71 and is tied for fifth in the individual race.
Grice, from College Station, Texas, began the day by bogeying her first two holes. She recovered from the 2-over deficit, carding four birdies and one bogey in the remaining 16 holes to finish the round 1-under. Elizabeth Mallett, a freshman from Sutton Coldfield, England, also started slow, bogeying two of her first three holes. Mallett then birdied two of her next three holes to return to an even par before bogeying a hole on the back nine holes to finish at a 1-over 73 for the round and tied for 15th individually. Junior Katherine Perry, from Cary, N.C., shot a 2-over 74 and is tied for 24th place. Perry recorded two birdies and four bogeys in the round. Maia Schechter, a sophomore from Takoma Park, Md., also shot a 2-over 74 in the first round and stands tied for 24th place individually. Schechter is playing as an individual, so her score cannot count for the Tar Heels. Junior Jackie Chang, a junior from Paradise Valley, Ariz., and senior Courtney Gunter, from Matthews, N.C., are tied for 45th place at a 4-over 76. Chang had two bogeys and a double bogey, while Gunter carded a birdie and five bogeys.
Virginia took the lead in the field of 17 teams. Virginia is 7-under in the first round at 281. Vanderbilt is five strokes behind at a 2-under 286. North Carolina is tied for third place with Arkansas at a 6-over at 294. South Carolina sits in fifth place at a 7-over 295. Michigan State is one stroke behind and in sixth place at an 8-over 296.
Elizabeth Brightwell of Virginia leads in the individual race after one round. Brightwell fired a 4-under 68, finishing one stroke ahead of current second place performer Rene Sobolewski of Vanderbilt. Virginia's Brittany Altomare and Briana Mao are tied for third after each shot a 2-under 70. Tar Heel Grice is tied for sixth place with Wake Forest's Marissa Dodd, Auburn's Diana Fernandez, and South Carolina's Sarah Schmelzel after one round at a 1-under 71.
Bryan Park Champions Course in Browns Summit, N.C. is hosting the 54-hole event. The Tar Heels will play the second round Saturday on the par 72, 6,386-yard layout. This is the last tournament for the Tar Heels before the ACC Championships April 19. Live stats are available on www.golfstat.com.