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McGowan Sixth At New Year’s Invite
Release: 01/07/2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - University of North Carolina golfer Michael McGowan tied for sixth place at the 87th annual New Year's Invitational played at St. Petersburg Country Club.  McGowan, a senior from Southern Pines, N.C., fired a 3-under-par in the final round to finish with a 4-under 284 total.  After carding a 2-over 74 in the opening round, McGowan played under-par the rest of the way, firing a 2-under 70 and 1-under 71 in the second and third rounds before his 3-under 69 in the final round.

Another Tar Heel, Patrick Barrett, also posted a strong final round firing a 2-under 70 on Sunday.  The senior from Pinehurst, N.C., fired earlier rounds of 78-82-74 and tied for 69th place with a 304 total.  Toni Hakula, a junior at Texas, won the 72-hole event with a 12-under 276 total.

McGowan carded two top-10 finishes for the Tar Heels last fall.  He placed third at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and tied for eighth at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.  Patrick also carded two top-10 finishes.  He was the runner-up at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate, competing as an individual, and tied for fourth place at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

Carolina captured the team title at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate and was the runner-up at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate and the Rod Myers Invitational.  The Tar Heels began their spring season Feb. 17-19 at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R.

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