COLUMBUS, OH - The North Carolina men's golf team finished twelfth at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Monday after shooting a 66-over-par 918. The Tar Heels recorded a 16-over 300 in the first round, a 29-over 313 in the second round, and a 21-over 305 in the final round. Keagan Cummings had the leading performance for the Tar Heels in the tournament finishing with a 12-over 225.
Cummings, a sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, recorded a 5-over 76 in the third round to combine for a 12-over 225 score. Cummings finished in a tie for 31st place at the end of day two. Freshman Davis Bateman ended the tournament with a 20-over 233 after a third round score of a 6-over 77. Bateman, from Charlotte, N.C., finished in a tie for 47th. Senior Andy Sajevic, from Fremont, Neb., finished in 52nd place after registering a 23-over 236 three-day score. Sajevic recorded a 13-over 84 in the final round. Also from Charlotte, N.C., senior Bailey Patrick finished one stroke behind at a 24-over 237. Patrick shot a 7-over 78 in round three to solidify his 53rd place finish. Junior Brandon Dalinka, from Newton, Pa., was disqualified after he signed an incorrect score card in the second round. However, Dalinka finished day two strong with a 3-over 74, the best score by a Tar Heel on day two.
"This was quite a shocking performance. However, we have to learn from this experience and if anything remember how this feels so we never feel this way again," stated Andrew Sapp, head coach of the Tar Heels.
"Fortunately we have two more events this fall, and we are going to have to dig deep and decide how we want to end this fall season. We have a lot of work to do in the next two weeks to prepare for the Rod Myers Invitational so hopefully we can get back on track at Duke."
California proved to be untouchable in the tournament registering a 10-under 842 in the 12-team field. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State took second and third place, respectively. Oklahoma finished with a 9-over 861 after day two while Oklahoma State finished not far behind with an 11-over 863. Kent State and Purdue tied for fourth place each with a combined score of a 25-over 877. Mississippi registered a 39-over 891 for a solid sixth place finish.
California's Brandon Hagy finished in first in the individual tournament with a 6-under 207. Taylor Pendrith from Kent State shot a 5-under 208 to take second while Pace Johnson from California shot a 4-under 209 to take third. Tied for fourth, Oklahoma State's Wyndham Clark and Ian Davis each registered a 3-under 210. California's Shotaro Ban and Purdue's Austin Eoff took sixth and seventh, respectively. Ban fired 1-under 212 while Eoff shot an even-par 213.
The next tournament for the Tar Heels will be the Rod Myers Intercollegiate in Durham, N.C. on Oct. 12 and 13.