TEMPE, ARIZ. - The University of North Carolina men's golf team fired a 1-over-par 281 and is in seventh place with a 1-over 561 total after the second round of the NCAA Tempe Regional. The Tar Heels were led by sophomore Brandon Dalinka who carded a 3-under 67 on Friday.
"Like I said yesterday, this is going o be a shootout that comes down to the wire for the last of the five spots," says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "I like that we get to tee off first on #10 tomorrow. We haven't played that side as well as the front and getting to play it early with no wind might help us out. The goal is to go out and post a low score and see what happens."
Dalinka, from Newtown, Pa., fired four birdies on holes #3, #4, #13 and #17 before a bogey on #18 en route to his 3-under 67. He has a 5-under 135 total and is tied for third place in the individual race. Sophomore Bailey Patrick and senior Michael McGowan both carded a 2-over 72 on Friday and the final hole was not kind to either one of them. Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., posted a bogey-5 on #18 while McGowan suffered a double bogey. Patrick has a 1-over 141 total and is tied for 25th while McGowan is one stroke back at 2-over 142 in a tie for 32nd. Andy Sajevic, a junior from Fremont, Neb., fired a birdie on the last hole to shoot an even par 70 in the second round. He is alone in 43rd place with a 3-over 143 total. Freshman Keagan Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, shot a 5-over 76 for a 151 total and is tied for 68th.
Top seed and third-ranked UCLA held on to their first-round lead. The Bruins fired a 7-under 273 in the second round and has a 19-under 541 total. Central Florida, which fired the low round on Friday, an 8-under 272, is 11 strokes back in second place with an 8-under 552 total. Georgia is in third place at 6-under 554 while Duke and host Arizona State are tied for fifth place at 2-under 558. Carolina is seventh at 1-over 561 while New Mexico State and Austin Peay State are tied for eighth at 4-over 564 and Arizona is 10th at 8-over 568. The top five teams at the end of tomorrow's final round move on to the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga.
Greg Eason of Central Florida grabbed the individual lead at 12-under-par 128 after firing a 7-under 63 on Friday. His teammate, Ricardo Gouveia, is six strokes back in second place at 6-under 134 after shooting a 4-under 66. Six players are deadlocked in third place at 5-under 135 - Carolina's Dalinka, UCLA's Pedro Figueiredo, Georgia's Lee McCoy, Duke's Brinson Paolini and Austin Peay State's Marco Iten and Dustin Korte. Two UCLA players, Anton Arboleda and Pontus Widegren, round out the top 10 and are tied for ninth at 4-under 136.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Saturday at ASU's Karsten Golf Course which features a par 70, 7,036-yard layout. The top five teams and top individual not on those five teams advance on to the NCAA Championships to be played May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club, Crabapple Course, in Atlanta, Ga. The Tar Heels will begin teeing off the #10 tee at 9:00 EDT Friday morning. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.