CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of Arkansas junior Maria Fassi moved up 32 spots to tie for third place after second round action at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Saturday.
Fassi entered the weekend as the top-ranked collegiate player in the country and backed it up with a 7-under 65 in a round that featured eight birdies and one bogey on the Finley Golf Course.
• Fassi’s 65 was one of just 15 rounds in the 60s in the tournament so far.
• Fassi’s 7-under 65 is best the round in the field in the first two days.
• Fassi has been Arkansas’ low score in seven of eight rounds this season.
Fassi’s round helped the top-ranked Razorbacks move up one spot to fourth place with one day of play remaining. Arkansas counted a 9-under 279 and is in the clubhouse with a 567. The Razorbacks trail No. 6 Duke on the Blue Devils’ home course by 13 strokes but are just three shots back of the runner-up position.
Juniors Dylan Kim and Kaylee Benton added rounds of 71 while senior Alana Uriell continued her steady play with a second-day 72. Kim circled five birdies while Uriell, Gorlei and Benton added three each on Saturday.
From Shauna Taylor
“It was an amazing round of golf by Maria (Fassi). She was 7-under and had a spectacular day. We just really hung in there and we have an opportunity tomorrow to accomplish our goal with a really solid round of golf. We are definitely capable of that, especially on this golf course. We have one more round to go out and take care of business and we are looking forward to it.”
|The Field||Score||To Par|
|1||No. 6 Duke||283–271—554||-22|
|2||No. 2 Alabama||285–279—564||-12|
|3||No. 14 South Carolina||284–281—565||-11|
|4||No. 1 Arkansas||288–279—567||-9|
|T5.||No. 31 North Carolina State||286–286—572||-4|
|T5.||No. 34 North Carolina||289–283—572||-4|
|7||No. 45 Louisville||288–289—577||1|
|T8.||No. 45 Ohio State||292–286—578||2|
|T8.||No. 26 Wake Forest||289–289—578||2|
|10||No. 9 Michigan State||297–282—579||3|
|11||No. 24 Virginia||298–283—581||5|
|12||No. 16 Vanderbilt||298–284—582||6|
|13||No. 73 Michigan||299–287—586||10|
|14||No. 53 Virginia Tech||304–287—591||15|
|15||No. 91 Tulane||300–294—594||18|
|16||No. 62 Iowa||299–297—596||20|
|18||No. 72 UNC-Wilmington||303–301—604||28|