University of North Carolina Athletics

Sophomore Inez Ng eagle the 18e hole (her ninth hole of the round) and birdied two of her final three holes to lead the University of North Carolina with a 2-under 70 in the second round of the NCAA Auburn Women’s Golf Regional Tuesday at Auburn University Club.

Ng is 70 and a fifth-year senior by Kayla Smith The second straight even-par round helped the Tar Heels improve by eight strokes from yesterday’s opening round. Carolina shot 4-over 292 today and is third in the 12-team field with 16 over par.

The top five teams after Wednesday’s third round will advance to the NCAA Championship May 17-22 in Carlsbad, California.

Auburn leads the region at 1 over par after shooting 1 under par on Tuesday. Houston is second at 15 left, UNC, sixth after Monday’s first round, is third at +16, Oregon is 19 left and Georgia and Tulsa are in fifth place at 20 left. South Carolina is seventh at 22 over par.

Smith (72-72) is fifth in the individual standings with an even-par 144. She is three strokes behind Houston’s Moa Svedenskiold (72-69).

Megan Streicher (71-74) is tied for sixth place at 1-over 145 and Ng (80-70) is tied for 21st at 6 over 222.

Smith and freshman Ing Iadpluem led the Heels in the second round with four birdies each.