CHAPEL HILL, N.C.,- The University of North Carolina men's golf team is tied for second after two rounds of play at the Rod Myers Invitational on Saturday. The Tar Heels shot a 3-under-par 285 in the first round and a 2-over-par 290 in the second round to combine for 1-under 575. Freshman Davis Bateman leads all Tar Heels after finishing the day at 5-under-par 139 and in a tie for fourth after birdieing the last four holes.
"We had some nice play today and especially from Davis," Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp said. "His finish was incredible with birdies on his final four holes."
Bateman, from Charlotte, N.C., recorded a 1-under-par 71 in the first round and a 4-under-par 68 in the second round. Bateman had 11 birdies, one bogey, one double bogey, and one triple bogey for the day. Brandon Dalinka, a junior from Newtown, Pa., scored a 2-under 70 and a 1-over 73 in today's rounds and is tied for 12th at 1-under-par 143. Dalinka recorded an eagle on the 14th hole, a par 5. Dalinka also recorded five birdies, and six bogeys. Tied for 12th with Dalinka is Bailey Patrick who carded a 2-under 70 and 1-over 73 as well. Patrick, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., had seven birdies and five bogeys on the day. Sophomore Keagan Cummings, a native of Dublin, Ireland, registered a 3-over-par 75 and a 4-over-par 76 for a combined score of 7-over-par 151 and is tied for 48th. Cummings ended with five birdies, six bogeys, and three double bogeys. Robert Register, a junior from Burlington, N.C., also finished at 7-over-par and tied for 48th. Register scored a 2-over 72 and a five-over 75 on the day with six birdies and 13 bogeys.
Playing as an individual in the tournament is Carolina freshman Henry Do. Do, from Canton, MI., ended round one in second place after firing a 4-under 68. Do penciled an eagle on the par 5, 11th hole, along with four birdies and two bogeys in the round. Do shot a 1-over-par 73 in the second round to total a 3-under-par 141 for the tournament. Do is in a tie for sixth place in the tournament. Reeves Zaytoun, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., shot a 6-over 78 and an even par 72 to finish at 6-over 150 and tied for 46th. Freshman Zach Martin ended his day tied for 54th. Martin, from Pinehurst, N.C., had a 7-over-par 79 and a 2-over-par 74 for a 9-over 153.
"It will be fun playing in the final group tomorrow," Coach Sapp said. "We need to play better with four great scores because it is so close from top to bottom on the leaderboard. We definitely look forward to the challenge."
Northwestern fired a 13-under-par 563 two-round score to take the top of the leaderboard. In second place is North Carolina and Baylor at 1-under 575. Liberty is in fourth place after posting an even par 576. Tied for fifth is East Carolina and host Duke at 2-over-par 578. Charlotte is one stroke behind at 3-over 579 and in seventh. In eighth place is Ohio State at 4-over-par 580.
Leading the individual race is Northwestern's Matt Fitzpatrick at 9-under-par 135. Teammate Jack Perry is in second at 7-under-par 137. Baylor's Kyle Jones is at 6-under-par 138 and in third place. Davis Bateman, from North Carolina, and Chase Marinell, from Liberty, are tied for fourth at 5-under 139. There is a four-way-tie for sixth place. East Carolina's Eric Brady, North Carolina's Henry Do, Charlotte's Raoul Menard, and Ohio State's Boo Timko are at 3-under-par 141.The last round of the Rod Myers Invitational will be played Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C. The course features a par 72, 7,154-yard layout. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.