GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of North Carolina ninth-ranked women's golf team fired a 310 in the final round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships to tie for fifth place with a 924 total. The Tar Heels were led on Sunday by junior Casey Grice who fired a 2-over-par 73 in the final round.
Grice, who hails from College Station, Texas, finished with a 15-over 228 total and tied for 12th place. She carded three birdies and five bogeys, including a birdie on the last hole. Another junior, Katherine Perry, also tied for 12th place at 228. The Cary, N.C. native scored a 5-over 76 after carding five bogeys and the rest pars. The other three Tar Heels posted an 8-over 79 in the final round - freshman Elizabeth Mallett, junior Jackie Chang and sophomore Maia Schechter. Mallett, from Sutton Coldfield, England, tied for 23rd place at 20-over 233. Chang, from Scottsdale, Ariz., tied for 28th place with a 235 total while Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., tied for 41st at 251.
Defending champion Duke captured its 18th ACC Championship in school history. The Blue Devils fired a 13-over 297 on Sunday and finished with an 882 total, 24 strokes ahead of runner-up NC State. The Wolfpack posted a 906 total, after shooting a 310 in the final round. Virginia took third place at 909 while Florida State finished fourth at 919 and Carolina and Miami tied for fifth place with 924 totals. Rounding out the nine-team field are Wake Forest in seventh place at 925, Maryland eighth at 944 and Boston College ninth at 946.
Brittany Altomore of Virginia captured the individual title marking the first time a Cavalier has won the championship. Altomare carded a 5-over 76 in the final round to finish with a 4-over 217 total, two strokes ahead of Laetitia Beck of Duke. Beck fired a 1-over 72 on Sunday to finish at 6-over 219. Three players tied for third place at 8-over 221 - Duke's Alejandra Cangrejo and Lindy Duncan and Miami's Leticia Ras-Anderica. Another trio of players tied for sixth place at 10-over 223 - Duke's Celine Boutier, NC State's Brittany Marchand and Miami's Rika Park.
The 54-hole event was played at Sedgefield Country Club which features a par 71, 6,210-yard layout. Carolina now awaits a bid to NCAA Regionals which will be played May 9-11.