CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina men's golf team finished fourth at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate today after shooting a combined score of 13-over-par 877. The Tar Heels registered 7-over 295 in the first round, an even par 288 in the second, and a 6-over-par 294 in the final round. Brandon Dalinka finished the tournament with a strong performance of a 1-over 73 in the final round.
Dalinka, a junior from Newton, Pa., ended the third round with a 1-over 73 to contribute to his 2-under 214 final score. Dalinka tied for fourth place overall. Keagan Cummings fired a 1-under 71 today to finish in a tie for 11th place. The sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, registered a combined score of 1-over 217. Bailey Patrick, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., shot a 3-over par 75 in the third round. Patrick tied for 23rd after finishing with a score of 4-over 220 overall. Reeves Zaytoun finished the third round with a 3-over 75 to solidify a tie for 47th place. Zaytoun, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., recorded a combined score of 10-over 226. The fifth Tar Heel team competitor, Henry Do, a freshman from Canton, MI, withdrew from the third round following his wrist injury from the previous day in the first round. North Carolina also entered five individuals in the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. Two Tar Heels, Andy Sajevic and Robert Register, tied for 13th after a strong overall score of 2-over-par 218. Sajevic, who shot a 1-over-par 73 in the third round, is a senior from Fremont, Neb. While Register, a junior from Burlington, N.C., ended with a 2-over 74 in the final round. Andy Knox tied for 23rd after a 1-over 73 in the third round. Knox, the senior from Cary, N.C., finished day two with a total 4-over 220 score. Freshman Zach Martin registered a final round score of a 10-over 82. Martin, from Pinehurst, N.C., had a combined score of a 13-over 229 to put him at a 57th place finish. After being disqualified in the second round, Davis Bateman came back to record a third round score of 2-over 74.
"I was proud of how well they fought," said Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "Henry gave it a try, but after six holes he couldn't play anymore. So again we only had four players to count for scores. They fought really well and played well on the back nine. I'm really pleased with Keagan shooting 1-under-par. That was a great score today and helped us out a bunch. I'm looking forward to getting ready for our next tournament at Ohio State."
Sapp also talked about the performance of the North Carolina individuals: "[I'm] really pleased. Andy Sajevic played really well for the tournament. He got a top-20 finish. Robert got a top-20 finish as well. That was a good comeback tournament for both of those guys, who didn't play well last week. It's good to see that. Really all of our individuals had a good score or two. Andy Knox had a couple of good scores, a 71 and a 73. That's what you hope to see when you are playing at home. You get to play all of your guys and you hope to see them shoot some good scores and gain some confidence going into the rest of the fall season."
Georgia Tech dominated the competition with a total 22-under-par 842. NC State took second with a raging 2-under 862. UNCG held on to third place with a solid 9-over 873 performance. North Carolina finished strongly in fourth place with a two-day total of a 13-over-par 877. VCU improved its standing from day one to finish in fifth with a 17-over 881. East Carolina and Duke followed closely with an 18-over 882 performance to tie for sixth.
Georgia Tech's head coach Bruce Heppler commented on his team's performance today: "I think for having the lead they went out and tried to push it some more and get further ahead. They competed really hard. It was a good day for us."
Georgia Tech's Seth Reeves, Richy Werenski, Ollie Schniederjans took first, second, and third respectively. Reeves finished day two with a blazing 8-under 208. Werenski finished with a 4-under 212 and Schniederjans came in closely behind at a 3-under 213. Tied for fourth place were North Carolina's Brandon Dalinka, Georgia Tech's Anders Albertson, and Duke's Max Greyserman, each receiving an overall score of 2-under 214. VCU's Matt Ball Jr. and N.C. State's James Chapman tied for seventh with a combined score of 1-under 215.
The Tar Heels will be back in action in Columbus, Ohio at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Sep. 29 and 30.