The North Carolina women’s golf team finished ninth in the Cougar Classic on Monday, after play was shortened due to the anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall on Friday morning.
The tournament, the Tar Heels' first of the season, hosted a competitive field that included No. 3 Arkansas and No. 14 Furman. Eight of the 19 teams that played in the tournament finished in the Golfstat Top 25 at the end of last season.
The Tar Heel golfers for the tournament included junior Brynn Walker, senior Kelly Whaley, sophomore Ava Bergner and first-years Jennifer Zhou and Nicole Lu. The first round was halted when play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather. Because of the suspension, only Zhou was able to finish 18 holes on Sunday. At the time of the delay, North Carolina had shot a combined 10-over-par and was 15th on the team leaderboard.
The original schedule of the tournament included rounds on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. But after the postponement Sunday, golfers had to finish round one on Monday and also play round two the same day. After the end of the first round, UNC stood at 5-over-par, which put the team in 13th place.
North Carolina jumped four spots on the leaderboard following a 1-under-par second round. But after an improved performance in the second round, College of Charleston, the tournament's host, canceled the weekend's events because of the approaching hurricane.