DURHAM, N.C- The Tar Heel men headed across town today to tee off at the Rod Myers Invitational. Carolina ended the day in third place at 5-over-par. After the morning round the Tar Heels were at even-par and tied for third place. The second round produced a 5-over-par 293 5 which cemented Carolina's place at third heading into the final round on Sunday. Tar Heel senior Clark Palmer had two solid rounds of 3-under and 2-under to finish the day at 5-under and is tied for first among all golfers in the tournament.
"We had tremendous play from Clark and Bailey (Patrick) and now we need everyone else to step it up tomorrow and do the same," said Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "Our goal for every tournament is to be in the final group for the last round and we are there. Now we just need five good scores tomorrow to see if we can catch the leaders."
Palmer, from Augusta, Ga., carded nine birdies and just four bogeys in the first two rounds. Sophomore Bailey Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., led the Tar Heels after the morning round with a 4-under-par 68. In the afternoon round Patrick carded a 2-over 74, leaving him at 2-under-par for the tournament in 5th place. Andy Sajevic, a junior from Fremont, Neb., played as an individual and finished the day 5-over-par and is tied for 26th. Michael McGowan, a senior from Southern Pines, N.C., shot consistently throughout the tournament scoring 3-over-par 75 for both rounds. McGowan finished the day 6-over 150 and is tied for 39th. Senior Patrick Barrett also tied for 39th with a 150 total despite having carded eight birdies in the first two rounds. The Pinehurst, N.C., native finished his day by shooting 2-over on the last four holes. Andy Knox, a junior from Cary, N.C., is another Tar Heel golfer playing as an individual. Knox also has eight birdies for the tournament but sits one stroke behind McGowan and Barrett tied for 42nd at 7-over 151. Sophomore Brandon Dalinka, from Newton, Pa., was off his game today. Dalinka uncharacteristically shot a 6-over-par 78 in the morning round and a 7-over-par 79 in the afternoon to finish 13-over 157 and is tied for 56. Sophomore Reeves Zaytoun, from Raleigh, N.C., is playing as an individual and finished tied for 59th at 14-over-par.
Duke was looking to defend their home turf and is the leader heading into Sunday's final round. The Blue Devils shot two rounds of 1-under-par to finish 2-under 574. Charlotte ended even par and gave up their first round lead. The 49ers sit in second place, five shots ahead of the Tar Heels. North Carolina is in third at 5-over-par 581. Baylor and Iowa are tied for 4th at 7-over-par 583.
Atop of the leaderboard is a three-way-tie for first among Carolina's Palmer, Braeden Cyderman from Charlotte and Julian Suri from Duke. All three men were in the top-ten after the first round. Sitting alone in 4th place is Adam Sumrall from Duke. Sumrall finished the first round at 5-under and was the first-round leader and is only two strokes off the lead with a 3-under-par 141. Tar Heel Bailey Patrick is in fifth place after shooting 68-74. He stands at 2-under 142.
The final round of the 54-hole tournament will be played Sunday at Duke Golf Course which features a par 72, 7,154-yard layout. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.