ROCKY FACE, GA. - The North Carolina men's golf team carded a 2-over 290 in the first round of the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Friday and stands solely in second place. Junior Bailey Patrick fired a 4-under 68 and is currently in second place.
"Bailey definitely came out with a great mindset and game plan today and executed it well," Head Coach Andrew Sapp said. "[A] 68 on this course with the greens as quick as they are is a wonderful start. Henry [Do] got his college career off with a bang birding his first two holes and shooting 72. Overall we played with patience and fought hard through some tough stretches. Brandon [Dalinka] played well after starting with a double bogey. He finished with a nice birdie on the last hole. Sajevic came back nicely on the front nine (our second nine) to help us out. Robert [Register] hit some nice shots but struggled on the greens with the speed but he has that corrected for the rest of the tournament. We are in the final group tomorrow and the goal is to be in the final group on Sunday so we have to keep it going."
Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., posted his 4-under total after firing six birdies and only two bogeys. Freshman Henry Do, from Canton, Mich., shot an even par 72 and is currently tied for 10th. Do carded five birdies and five bogeys in the first round of his college career. A native of Newtown, Pa., junior Brandon Dalinka shot a 2-over 74 on Friday and is tied for 23rd place. Dalinka carded three birdies, three bogeys, and one double-bogey. After carding two birdies along with four bogies and one double-bogey, senior transfer Andy Sajevic from Fremont, Neb. is two strokes behind Dalinka after shooting a 4-over 76. Sajevic is in a tie for 43rd. Robert Register, a junior from Burlington, N.C., rounds out the team with a 7-over 79 after carding one birdie, six bogeys, and one double-bogey. He is currently tied for 63rd.
Georgia Tech leads the field of 14 teams after firing a solid 8-under-par 280 in the first round. The Yellow Jackets are ten strokes ahead of second-place North Carolina. Georgia stands in third place with a 3-over 291, followed by Clemson in fourth with a 6-over 294. North Florida is in fifth with a 7-over 295. LSU and Kennesaw State stand tied for sixth, each with a 9-over 297.
Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech fired a 5-under 67 on Friday and leads the individual standings. Patrick stands in second, followed by Anders Albertson and Richy Werenski, both of Georgia Tech, who are two shots behind Patrick after individual rounds of 2-under 70. Five players are tied for fifth-Davis Bunn of Chattanooga, Payne Denman of Middle Tennessee St., Joey Garber of Georgia, Gavin Hall of Texas, and Austin Langdale of Clemson-each with individual rounds of 1-under 71.
The second round of the 54-hole event will be played Saturday at The Farm Golf Club, which features a par 72, 7,012-yard layout. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.