Carolina Golfers Tied For Eighth Place At NCAA East Regional

Tar Heel freshman Kate Thomas is tied for 13th place.

May 10, 2007

Baton Rouge, La. - The University of North Carolina women's golf team played steady golf and stands tied for eighth place after the first round of the NCAA East Regional. Carolina fired a two-over-par 290 total, nine strokes behind leader UCLA, at The University Club which features a par 72, 6,403-yard layout.

"I was pleased with our play," said Tar Heel head coach Sally Austin. "We would like to have finished a little stronger, but we've got two days left to play and we're still in the hunt. The course is in good condition, there was little wind and the scores are low."

The Tar Heels have picked a good time to play some of their best golf the year. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on those eight teams will advance on to the NCAA Championship to be played May 22-25 at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Kate Thomas, a freshman from Bathurst, Australia, led the Tar Heels with a two-under-par 70, her low round of the year, and is tied for 13th place. Sophomore Lauren Hunt, from Little River, S.C., is just one stroke back at one-under 71 in a tie for 16th place. Junior Ann Laney, from Charlotte, N.C. carded a one-over 73 and is tied for 34th place while sophomore Sydney Crane, from Jamestown, N.C., is tied for 72nd at 76 and senior Katie Miller, from Jeannette, Pa., is tied for 81st at 77.

UCLA fired a seven-under 281 to lead the field of 21 teams. Wake Forest and Furman are three strokes back in a tie for second place at four-under 284 Purdue is in fourth place at three-under 285, Louisville is fifth at two-under 286 and Alabama and host LSU are tied for sixth place at one-under 287. South Carolina is tied with the Tar Heels in eighth place at two-over 290 while Duke and Texas A&M are tied for 10th place at three-over 291.


Three players are tied for the individual lead after firing six-under 66 - Nannette Hill of Wake Forest, Sydnee Michaels of UCLA and Adrienne White of Louisville. Kathleen Ekey of Furman is one stroke back alone in fourth place at five-under 67 while a trio of players is tied for fifth place at four-under 68 - LSU's Melissa Eaton, Coastal Carolina's Aruka Felgueroso and Auburn's Nicole Hage.

The 54-hole event continues through Saturday at The University Club. Tee times begin at 9:00 EDT on Friday. The Tar Heels tee off starting at 2:20 EDT off the first tee. Live scoring is available on and

1. UCLA 281
2. Wake Forest 284
Furman 284
4. Purdue 285
5. Louisville 286
6. Alabama 287
Louisiana State 287
8. North Carolina 290
South Carolina 290
10. Duke 291
Texas A&M 291
12. Florida State 292
Charleston 292
14. Auburn 293
15. Virginia 295
16. Birmingham-Southern 297
17. Western Carolina 301
18. NC State 302
19. South Florida 305
20. Jacksonville State 324
21. Jackson State 329

1. Nannette Hill (WF) 66
Sydnee Michaels (UCLA) 66
Adrienne White (Louis.) 66
4. Kathleen Ekey (Furman) 67
5. Melissa Eaton (LSU) 68
Aruka Felgueroso (Coas. Caro.) 68
Nicole Hage (Auburn) 68

Carolina's Individuals
T13 Kate Thomas 70
T16 Lauren Hunt 71
T34 Ann Laney 73
T72 Sydney Crane 76
T81 Katie Miller 77

Kate Thomas' two-under-par 70 was her best round of the year.