CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina men's golf team is in twelfth after completing the first two rounds of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Sunday. The Tar Heels carded a 16-over 300 in the first round and a 29-over 313 in the second round to end at 45-over-par 613. Leading the Tar Heels is junior Keagan Cummings who shot an even par 71 in his first round and a 7-over 78 in the second round, finishing the day at 7-over-par 149.
Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, scored an eagle and two bogeys in his first round, and one birdie, four bogeys, and one quadruple bogey in his second round. Cummings is tied for 26th overall. Andy Sajevic, a native of Fremont, Neb., stands at 12-over-par 154 after shooting a 7-over 78 in the first round and a 5-over 76 in the second round. Sajevic, a senior, had the most birdies, four, by any Tar Heel, but also carded five bogeys, four double bogeys, and one triple bogey. Sajevic is tied for 36th. Davis Bateman, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., ended his first two rounds in 48th. Bateman shot a 6-over 77 and a 7-over 78 to finish 13-over-par 155. Senior Bailey Patrick shot a 6-over 77 in the morning round and an 11-over-par 82 in the afternoon round. Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., is tied for 53rd at 17-over-par 159. Brandon Dalinka, from Newton, Pa., had one birdie and five bogeys in his first round for a 4-over 75. Dalinka, a junior, was disqualified in the second round for signing an incorrect scorecard.
"There isn't much good to say about our play today," said Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "These guys are good players who have been playing well this fall and we will bounce back tomorrow and play well. We need to go out there and shoot a good round.
"Whether we move up any on the leader board isn't as important as going out there and playing with the confidence we have seen from these guys this fall. This was one bad day in a very long season and we need to show the resolve and toughness to prove that we can come back from a bad day."
California leads the 12-team field at 7-under-par 561. Oklahoma is in second after posting a two-round score of 5-over 573. Oklahoma State is at 9-over 577 and in third place. Purdue had a blazing 3-under 281 in the first round but dropped back to fourth place after a 21-over-par 305 second round. Kent State rounds out the top-five at 23-over-par 591. Right behind Kent State is Mississippi State in sixth at 24-over-par 592.
Brandon Hagy of California is alone atop the leaderboard after posting a 4-under 138 two-round score. Oklahoma State's Ian Davis and California's Pace Johnson are both tied for second at 3-under 139. Five players are tied for fourth at 2-under-par 140: California's Shotaro Ban, Purdue's Austin Eoff, Oklahoma's Max McGreevy, Kent State's Taylor Pendrith, and Oklahoma's Charlie Saxon.
The final round of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational will be played Monday at The University of Ohio State Golf Club - Scarlet Course, which features a par 71, 7,455-yard layout. Live scoring will be available on GoHeels.com.