BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. - The University of North Carolina ninth-ranked women's golf team fired a 303 in the second round of the Bryan National Collegiate and is tied for eighth place with a 597 total. The Tar Heels were led on Saturday by junior Jackie Chang who fired an even par 72.
Chang is tied for 20th place with a 4-over-par 148 total. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native carded two birdies and two bogeys for her even par score. Sophomore Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., is also tied for 20th at 148. Schechter fired a 2-over 74 in the second round, competing as an individual, so her score cannot count towards the team total. Junior Katherine Perry and freshman Elizabeth Mallett are tied for 27th place at 5-over 149. Perry, from Cary, N.C., fired a 3-over 75 on Saturday while Mallett, from Sutton Coldfield, England, shot a 4-over 76. Casey Grice, a junior from College Station, Texas, is tied for 43rd place with a 7-over 151 total after shooting an 80 in the second round. Senior Courtney Gunter, from Matthews, N.C., struggled with an 85 on Saturday for a 161 total and sits in 84th place.
Virginia leads the 17-team field at 2-under-par 574 after shooting a 5-over 293 in the second round. Arkansas is nine strokes back in second place at 7-over 583 after firing a 1-over 289 on Saturday. Vanderbilt is in third place at 10-over 586 while Georgia and Auburn are tied for fourth at 595. Wake Forest and Florida are tied for sixth place with 596 totals while three teams are tied for eighth at 597 - Carolina, NC State and South Carolina.
Brittany Altomore of Virginia grabbed the individual lead at 4-under-par 140 after firing a 2-under 70 in the second round. Georgia's Emilie Burger also shot a 2-under 70 and is two strokes back in second place at 2-under 142. Elizabeth Brightwell of Virginia and Gabriela Lopez of Arkansas are tied for third place at 1-under 143 while four players are tied for fifth at even par 144 - Auburn's Marta Sanz, South Carolina's Sarah Schmelzel, Vanderbilt's Sobolewski and Arkansas' Emily Tubert.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Sunday at the Bryan Park Champions Course, which features a par 72, 6,386-yard layout. There will be an 8:30 shotgun start. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.