NEW LONDON, NC. - The North Carolina men's golf finished seventh at the ACC Golf Championship after shooting a 1-over-par 289. The Tar Heels had a three round score of 5-over-par 869. North Carolina was led Sunday by sophomore Brandon Dalinka and senior Michael McGowan, both of whom shot under-par in the final round.
Dalinka, from Newtown, Pa., had his best round of the tournament after shooting a 2-under 70. Dalinka finished the tournament tied for 19th at 1-under-par 215. McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., ended the day at 1-under-par 71. McGowan finished with three birdies and two bogeys to take tenth place with a 4-under 212. Junior Andy Sajevic and sophomore Bailey Patrick both recorded a 2-over 74 in the final round. Patrick, a native of Charlotte, N.C., carded four consecutive bogeys on holes 4-7 but notched two birdies afterwards. Patrick finished the tournament tied for 39th at 5-over-par 221. Sajevic, from Fremont, Neb., recorded two birdies and four bogeys. Sajevic ended the tournament at 8-over-par 224 and tied for 42nd. Freshman Keagan Cummings, from Dublin Ireland, penciled one birdie and four bogeys for a 3-over 75. Cummings tied for 44th at 9-over-par 225.
North Carolina Head Coach Andrew Sapp reflected on the weekend and the team's performance on Sunday, "I am proud of the way the guys hung in with some tough conditions down the stretch. Michael and Brandon played well all week. We made a lot of birdies, but we just made too many bogies. We played pretty average as a team. Coming in we were the 8th seeded team and we finished 7th. The good news is that after a good season, we should be heading to NCAAs next month. We are very excited to continue playing in May."
Duke captured the ACC Championship in men's golf by finishing the tournament at 25-under-par 839. After leading for the entire tournament Florida State shot 2-over-par on Sunday and tied for second with Virginia Tech at 22-under-par 842. Georgia Tech fell to fourth place after posting a 7-over round and finished at 13-under-par 851. Clemson took fifth place at 5-under 859 while Virginia took sixth at 2-under-par 862. North Carolina moved into seventh place by shooting a 1-over-par and finished 5-over 869 for the tournament. Wake Forest and North Carolina State both struggled in the final round. Wake Forest finished eighth at 8-over 872 with a 12-over-par round and North Carolina State took ninth at 17-over-par 881 with a 13-over-par round on Sunday. Maryland finished tenth at 19-over 883 and Boston College finished eleventh at 32-over-par 896.
Taking the tournament individual title was Anders Albertson from Georgia Tech after firing a 15-under-par 201 tournament score. Florida State's Chase Seiffert and Virginia Tech's Mikey Moyers tied for second place at 10-under-par 206. Florida State's Daniel Berger took fourth place at 9-under 207. Adam Sumrall from Duke rounds out the top-five at 8-under-par 208. Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent finished sixth with a 6-under 2_ tournament score. Teammates Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri from Duke tied for seventh at 5-under-par 211. North Carolina's Michael McGowan took ninth at 4-under-par 212. Five different players tied for tenth.
The 54-hole event was played at the Old North State Club, which features a par 72, 7,102-yard layout. The North Carolina Tar Heels are currently awaiting a bid for the NCAA regionals that will be played May 16-18.