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UNC women's golf opens fall slate at the Mary Fossum Invitational

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Now senior Crista Izuzquiza at the ACC Women’s Golf Championship - Day 1 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro on Thursday, April 13, 2023. Photo courtesy of Andy Mead/YCJ. 

The North Carolina women’s golf team started its season at the Mary Fossum Invitational on Sunday and Monday, finishing in ninth place at 26 over par. 

The Invitational, hosted by the Michigan State Spartans, took place at the par-72 Forest Akers West golf course in Lansing, Mich. The 6,370 yard course welcomed 15 total teams to match play this week. 

At the end of Sunday, the first day of the tournament, UNC was in 10th place. 

"We were a little slow to start,” said head coach Aimee Neff.

No. 1 seeded graduate student Kayla Smith was the highest-placing player for the Tar Heels, finishing the day’s rounds tied for 32nd place. Falling in place shortly after her, sophomore Megan Streicher finished day one in a tie for 35th place. 

First-year Ing Iadpluem and junior Riley Quartermain found themselves tied for 42nd place at the end of Sunday. Tar Heel teammates senior Crista Izuzquiza and first-year Reagan Southerland also tied for 53rd. 

Day two of competition saw a world of difference for the Tar Heels. 

“I think they almost felt like they were more aggressive [Monday],” said Neff. “I think [they were] maybe trying to be too perfect in a sense [Sunday] and there's probably a little bit more timidness.”

Round three helped North Carolina to move up in the standings. Streicher finished the round even par, and Smith one over while Izuzquiza finished the round one under. 

First-years Southerland and Iadpluem hit a stride on day two, as well. 

“I think [for the first-years] to get a little bit more experienced and feel more settled will only be a good thing moving forward because I think they're both going to be key contributors for our team,” said Neff. 

Southerland moved up 13 places after day one to finish tied for 40th place with a finishing total of 11 strokes over par.  Iadpluem and Quartermain finished in a seven-place tie for 52nd with 14 strokes over par each.

As a team, North Carolina finished in ninth place. Purdue finished on top, with a score of six under par to win the tournament by 10 strokes. 

"It wasn't exactly the start that we wanted, but I think certainly [it] is a good test of golf," said Neff. 

The Tar Heels will have a quick turnaround as next travel to compete in the three-day Mason Rudolph Championship, starting on Friday, Sept. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.


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