Casey Grice and her teammates are taking advice from a man with a green jacket.
Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion known for his swashbuckling style and adventurous shot-making, told reporters last week before the start of the 2013 Masters that he wouldn’t be tempted by alluring pins — hitting to the fat of the green, safe from self-inflicted misery, would do.
Grice and the No. 11 North Carolina women’s golf team were listening. Grice said they’ll apply Watson’s conservative approach to this weekend’s ACC Championship at Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club, a demanding layout that also hosts the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship.
“With this course, placement is key,” said Grice, a standout junior who will play in an LPGA event April 25. “There’s five or six holes out there that if you don’t place it in the right areas, you’re pretty much stymied — you don’t have a shot.”
Grice, UNC’s top player, headlines a deep Tar Heel lineup that will clash with fellow ACC titans No. 15 Virginia and defending champion No. 3 Duke. The Blue Devils bulldozed second-place UNC and the rest of the field en route to a 10-stroke win in 2012.