CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina men's golf team is tied for fourth after completing the first two rounds of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate on Saturday. North Carolina carded a 7-over-par 295 in the first round and an even par 288 in the second round to finish at 7-over 583. Brandon Dalinka leads the Tar Heels by firing a 3-under-par 69 in the second round.
Dalinka, a junior from Newton, Pa., ended the day at 3-under 141. Dalinka fired three straight birdies to end the second round and is in third place overall. Bailey Patrick recorded an even par 72 in the first round and a 1-over 73 in the second round to end at 1-over 145 for the tournament. Patrick, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is tied for 12th going into the final round. Keagan Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, registered an even par 72 and a 2-over 74 to finish the day at 2-over 146. Cummings, a junior, is tied for 24th. Reeves Zaytoun, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., shot a 7-over 79 and an even par 72 to complete the first day at 7-over-par 151. Zaytoun is tied for 43rd for the tournament. Finishing the Tar Heels' five competitors is Henry Do, a freshman from Canton MI., who withdrew from the tournament in the first two rounds after spraining his wrist early in the first round. North Carolina also has five individuals playing in the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. Junior Robert Register leads the individuals with a combined two-round score of even par 144. Register, a native of Burlington, N.C., is tied for 8th overall. Andy Sajevic, a senior from Fremont, Neb., is tied for 12th after shooting a 1-over 145 two round score. Senior Andy Knox shot a 1-under 71 in the first round and 4-over 76 in the second round for a 3-over par 147. Knox, from Cary, N.C., is tied for 28th at the end of the second round. Also tied for 28th is a freshman from Pinehurst, N.C., Zach Martin. After ending the first round with a 2-under 70, Martin completed day one with a 3-over par 147 after he shot a 5-over 77 in round two. Davis Bateman, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., was disqualified due to the fact that he signed an incorrect scorecard.
"Today was kind of a struggle because on the fourth hole Henry Do sprained his wrist hitting it off of a root, so we ended up only having four players and they count four scores," Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp said. "We played well this afternoon, a little bit of a struggle this morning. We had one high score and three even par scores, but we'll see how Henry is doing and if he's able to play tomorrow. I was really pleased with the way our guys hung in there this afternoon knowing that their scores were going to count because we didn't have a fifth man playing."
Sapp also talked about how Do's injury may affect the team tomorrow: "Well it just means that everyone has to go after it and make it count. They know what they have in front of them. There's no leeway to have a bad round. It puts a little more pressure on you but understandably so, there's pressure everyone wants to play well. I think the guys will respond well. I mean now its not a shock, they'll just know it already prior to if he's not able to play."
Georgia Tech leads the field with a blazing 12-under 564 for the tournament. In second place is N.C. State, boasting a 3-over-par 579. UNCG is in third place after shooting a 6-over-par 582. North Carolina is tied with Duke for fourth place. North Carolina had a strong second round score of even par to climb the leader board. Duke and North Carolina are 7-over-par 583 heading into the final round. East Carolina follows up in sixth with a combined two round score of 9-over-par 585. East Tennessee State is two strokes behind East Carolina in seventh at 11-over-par 587.
"I thought that we played pretty solid," said Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler. "Of the 10 rounds we had one that wasn't good. I think we can play better. We made a lot of birdies, some bogeys, but obviously if that's what it is then I'm pretty pleased. Tomorrow will be a good day and another chance to put a good round on top of it and see how we do."
Georgia Tech's Seth Reeves and Richy Werenski are in first and second respectively. Reeves finished at 6-under 138, while Werenski finished at 5-under 139. North Carolina's Brandon Dalinka ended his day at 3-under-par and sits alone in third place at 141. Tied for fourth are Roy Dixon, from UNCG, and Max Greyserman, from Duke, at 2-under 142. Ollie Schniederjans and Matt Ball Jr. are tied for sixth. Schniederjans, from Georigia Tech, and Ball Jr., from VCU are at 1-under-par 143.
The final round of the 54-hole event will be played Sunday at UNC Finley Golf Course which features a par 72, 7,242-yard layout. Admission is free and open to the public. Live scoring will be available on GoHeels.com