Fassi Posts 7-Under 65 In Round Two

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.”

Arkansas Lineup

T3 Maria Fassi73–65—138-6
T21Alana Uriell70–72—142-2
T21Dylan Kim71–71—142-1
T32Kaylee Benton74–71—145+1
T70Cara Gorlei74–77—151+7

The Field

The FieldScoreTo Par 
1No. 6 Duke283–271—554-22
2No. 2 Alabama285–279—564-12
3No. 14 South Carolina284–281—565-11
4No. 1 Arkansas288–279—567-9
T5.No. 31 North Carolina State286–286—572-4
T5.No. 34 North Carolina289–283—572-4
7No. 45 Louisville288–289—5771
T8.No. 45 Ohio State292–286—5782
T8.No. 26 Wake Forest289–289—5782
10No. 9 Michigan State297–282—5793
11No. 24 Virginia298–283—5815
12No. 16 Vanderbilt298–284—5826
13No. 73 Michigan299–287—58610
14No. 53 Virginia Tech304–287—59115
15No. 91 Tulane300–294—59418
16No. 62 Iowa299–297—59620
18No. 72 UNC-Wilmington303–301—60428