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UNC women's golf team places 10th at Bryan National Collegiate

The North Carolina women’s golf team looked for consistency at the Bryan National Collegiate tournament in Brown Summit, N.C., this weekend. 

But as the Tar Heels tallied higher combined scores each round and dropped in the standings each day, they found consistency, just not the type they would have liked. 

The Tar Heels finished the tournament at 53-over-par, finishing tenth out of 15 teams. 

The team was led by sophomore Lexi Harkins, who finished a team-best 10-over-par for the tournament, tied for 15th among all competitors. Junior Leslie Cloots turned in a solid three rounds as well, ending her tournament tied for twenty-first at 11-over par. 

UNC started off the weekend positively, shooting a team best 14-over-par on Friday, good for eighth place. Cloots shot three birdies and the team’s best first-round score — a 1-over-par 73, leaving her in sixth place. Harkins and first-year Kelly Whaley each scored respectable rounds of 75. 

After the second round, the Tar Heels had two players in the top ten individually. Harkin’s even-par 72 — the team’s low round of the weekend — put her tied for seventh with a round to play. Cloots showed consistency with another 73, which had her tied for fifth while the team dropped a spot to ninth. 

UNC faltered in the final round, shooting a 23-over 311 for the team’s highest score of the weekend. Harkins and Cloots struggled after two solid rounds, shooting a 7-over 79 and 9-over 81, respectively. 

The final round wasn’t without its positives. Four of the six players that competed shot their best round of the tournament on Sunday. Junior Rachel Jones showed marked improvement, shooting a 78 after rounds of 88 and 85. 

Quotable

“It’s frustrating. The team practices hard, does well in practice. They do well in qualifying. Our practice round was good and then they struggle performing in the tournament.” — Coach Jan Mann on the team’s performance. 

Notable

UNC was one of seven ACC teams competing at the Bryan Collegiate. The Tar Heels’ tenth-place finish was the lowest of the seven teams. 

Three numbers that matter

8: In the final round, Cloots shot an 8 on the par-5 sixth hole. Before this, Cloots was 2-over-par for the tournament. She would finish 11-over-par. 

8: After six bogeys in the first two rounds combined, Harkins had eight in her final round. 

22: The Tar Heels finished with 22 birdies as a team, tenth-best in the tournament. 

What’s next?

The Tar Heels will compete in the ACC Championships at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro starting on Friday, April 15. 

@NoahGrant13

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