GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s golf team returns to action this weekend playing in the 12th annual Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye Course Friday through Sunday in Wilmington. The Spartans will play 18 holes each day of the event, beginning with tee times Friday morning between 8:30-9:06 a.m. with live scoring available via www.golfstatresults.com.
Eighteen teams and six individuals will compete on the par-72, 6,204-yard layout that borders the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach. In addition to the Spartans, the field features host UNCW, Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. The tournament has moved to the Pete Dye Course, site of the 1995 and 2010 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, after playing 10 of its first 11 years at the club’s Jack Nicklaus layout.
Sophomore Sammie Buchanan (Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton) leads the Spartans into the tournament. Buchanan is coming off her career-best showing when she placed 11th overall at the UNCG/Starmount Fall Classic with a 7-over 220 score. Buchanan opened with a 77 before carding her career-best round of 69. She followed that up with a 4-over par 75 in the third and final round on day two.
Junior Berglind Bjornsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Menntaskolinn I Reykjavik) was the Spartans second finisher at the Starmount Fall Classic, placing 38th place overall. Bjornsdottir opened with a 73 in round one before carding rounds of 78 and 80 to finished with a 231. Freshman Kristin Powers (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) turned in a 241 (81-76-84) to finish in a tie for 68th place overall.