NEW LONDON, NC. - The North Carolina men's golf team fired a 4-over-par 292 in the first round of the ACC Men's Golf Championship. The Tar Heels were at one point leading in the early part of the day but finished seventh. Senior Michael McGowan and sophomore Bailey Patrick led the Tar Heels as they both shot even par 72 on Friday.
McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., registered five birdies and two bogeys, but also landed a triple bogey on the last hole. Patrick, out of Charlotte, N.C., was consistent with fourteen pars, two birdies and two bogeys. McGowan and Patrick are tied for 18th. Andy Sajevic, a junior from Fremont, Neb., carded a 2-over 74. Sajevic started out well after a 2-under front nine but had four bogeys on the back nine. Sophomore Brandon Dalinka, a Newtown, Pa. native, also finished 2-over-par. Dalinka holed four birdies, four bogeys, and a double bogey and is tied for 29th with Sajevic. Freshman Keagan Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, recorded a 5-over-par 77 to finish tied for 46th. Cummings had one birdie and six bogeys.
Head Coach Andrew Sapp reflected on his team's performance on Friday, "We set ourselves up today for a nice round tomorrow to move up the leaderboard. We just need to convert some more birdies in round two and we can shoot under par. We are excited to get back out there and play a great round tomorrow."
On top of the eleven team field is Florida State who was on fire and finished 17-under-par 271. Duke and Virginia Tech are tied for second place at 6-under-par 282. Georgia Tech sits in fourth after firing a 4-under-par 284. Wake Forest ends their first round in fifth at 2-under-par 286. Only one stroke behind is Virginia, taking sixth at 1-under 287. North Carolina is in seventh at 4-over 292. North Carolina State follows at 6-over 294. Clemson shot a 8-over 296 and Maryland carded a 10-over 298. Boston College takes last place after shooting a 20-over-par 308.
Daniel Berger from Florida State leads all players after shooting a first round score of 6-under-par 66. Not far behind is Anders Albertson out of Georgia Tech at 5-under 67. Tied for third are Hank Lebioda from Florida State and Mikey Moyers from Virginia Tech. Lebioda and Moyers each shot 4-under-par 68. Seven players are tied for fifth. Evan Beck from Wake Forest, Rowin Caron from Florida State, David Pastore from Virginia, Chase Seiffert from Florida State, Adam Sumrall from Duke, Davis Womble from Wake Forest, and Ollie Schniederjans from Georgia Tech are all at 3-under-par 69.
The second round of the 54-hole event will be played Saturday at the Old North State Club which features a par 72, 7,102-yard layout. Live scoring is available on Goheels.com and Golfstat.com. Live webstreaming from Old North State will be available Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. until conclusion of play on TheACC.com. The championship is free admission and open to the public.