Women's Golf preview: Lady Tar Heel Invitational
Site: UNC Finely Golf Course (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
2005 Field (15): No. 4 Auburn, No. 2 Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, No. 19 LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina "B", NC State, No. 14 Ohio State, No. 15 Oklahoma State, South Carolina, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 25 TEXAS, Texas A&M, Tulsa, No. 20 Vanderbilt, No. 23 Virginia, No. 21 Wake Forest.
2004 Team Champion: Duke, 294+278+293=865 (+1)
2004 Individual Champion: Maria Martinez (Auburn), 72+69+71=212 (-4)
Women's Ranking: 25th (Golf World Coaches Poll)
Senior Lisa Ferrero was the top Longhorn finisher in sixth place at two-over-par (74-71-73=218), six strokes behind medalist Maria Martinez of Auburn, who shot a final-round 71 to nip Duke's Brittany Lang by one stroke at four-under-par.
Freshman Kelley Louth was the other Longhorn to finish in the Top 10, tying for ninth place at five-over-par (72-75-74=221), after carding a two-over-par 74 in the final round. Senior Perry Swenson (Charlotte, N.C.) carded a seven-over-par 79 on Sunday to tie for 14th place with Texas A&M's Christa Spedding at 10-over-par.
Junior Devan Andersen and sophomore Julia Best tied for 30th place at 17-over-par. Andersen (80-78-75=233) shot a three-over-par 75 on Sunday, improving her score each day of the tournament. Best (80-79-74=233) matched her best round of the season with a final-round 74.
Last Time Out
Freshman Caney Hines was the top finisher for the Longhorns at 44th place with a three round total of 15-over par 231. She opened the tournament with a career-first and low round of 74, but struggled with rounds of 76 and 81 to finish the tournament on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Fellow rookie Kristin Walla was also impressive in her debut for the burnt orange and white, carding a final round six-over par 78, the second lowest round for the team on Sunday. Her first two rounds she shot back-to-back 77s, and moved up from 52nd place on the final day to tie for 46th in her first collegiate competition.
Sophomore Kelley Louth had the low score of the day for UT, carding a five-over par 77 in her final round. She finished with a three round total of 17-over par, 233 in a tie for 51st place.
Junior Julia Best also finished with a 17-over par score of 233 to tie her teammate and several others for the 51st spot. Best shot 79 in her final round, improving two shots from her 81 the day previous. She carded a career-low 73 in her first round Friday.
Junior Ashley Prust was consistent in the final two days of action carding back-to-back 80s to finish the tournament. She tied for 77th place in the competition.