College Women

North Carolina claims four-shot Fall Preview victory

North Carolina's Jackie Chang
North Carolina's Jackie Chang ( Tracy Wilcox )

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

North Carolina won the Liz Murphey Fall Preview on Oct. 7, finishing four shots ahead of Golfweek’s preseason No. 1 team, Alabama. The Tar Heels shot a final-round 2-over 290, the best round of the day at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., to finish at 12-over 876. They climbed two spots up the leaderboard to overtake Auburn and Alabama.

North Carolina’s Casey Grice was the low Tar Heel, finishing as the runner-up with a 2-under 214 total. Teammate Jackie Chang (T-14) also finished in the top 20. It’s the first victory for North Carolina this season.

“I’m extremely proud of our team and their performance over the last three days, particularly today,” head coach Jan Mann said. “It was very close down to the end. They continued to remain confident in themselves and played hard.”

Alabama’s runner-up finish is only the second start of the season. The team finished eighth at the Cougar Classic last month.

USC also made just its second start of the season in Athens and finished T-3 with Auburn.

Texas A&M’s Mary Michael Maggio finished atop the individual leaderboard at 3-under 213. She holed out for eagle at the 17th and birdied the 18th to seal a one-shot victory on Grice.

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