DURHAM, N.C- The Tar Heel men traveled to Durham for the final day of the Rod Myers Invitational Sunday. Carolina ended the tournament in fifth place at 6-over-par 870. Tar Heel freshman Davis Bateman had three solid rounds to finish in fifth place with a 5-under 211 total in the tournament.
"I am thrilled for Davis," North Carolina head coach Andrew Sapp said. "In only his second start, getting a Top 5 finish is wonderful. He was paired with the #1 ranked amateur in the world today and didn't even blink."
Charlotte, N.C. native Bateman, playing in his just his third collegiate tournament, including one as an individual, carded an even-par round with two birdies and two bogeys after he birdied 6 holes on the front nine in the second round Saturday. Junior Bailey Patrick, also from Charlotte, N.C., finished tied for 11th with a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish 1-over 217 for the tournament. Patrick fired four birdies and six bogies. Brandon Dalinka finished the day with a 4-over round after carding three straight bogeys and a birdie on the front nine before two bogeys, a birdie, an eagle, and a triple-bogey on the back. Dalinka, a junior from Newtown, Pa., finished at 3-over 219 in a tie for 16th. Henry Do, a freshman playing as an individual from Canton, Mich., shot consistently throughout the first two rounds of the tournament, scoring 3-under and finishing Saturday tied for sixth, before shooting a 7-over 79 in the final round to end at 4-over 220. Do began the day with three birdies before double-bogeying #15 and bogeying #16-#18. He shot two more bogeys and a triple-bogey on #7 to end in a tie for 22nd. Keagan Cummings, a sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, finished Sunday with an 8-over 224 after a 1-over 73, his best round of the tournament. Cummings shot a fairly clean round with one birdie and two bogeys to end in a tie for 42nd. Reeves Zaytoun, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., also played as an individual and finished the tournament at 10-over 226 in a tie for 49th after a 6-over 78 Sunday round. Zaytoun carded two birdies, four bogeys, and a double-bogey in the final round. Robert Register, who won the playoff for the final spot on the team for the tournament, finished tied for 52rd after a 6-over 78. With just one birdie, three bogeys, and two double-bogeys, the junior from Burlington, N.C. ended with a 13-over 229. Zach Martin, the final individual for the Tar Heels, shot a 5-over 77 round Sunday to end up 14-over 230 in a tie for 55th. Martin is a freshman from Pinehurst, N.C., competing in just his second collegiate tournament.
"Bailey had a solid tournament given he didn't have his best stuff this weekend," Sapp said. "I am disappointed that we lost ground today. I knew we needed four good scores to keep pace, and we were not able to do that. It is hard to move up the leaderboard when we have to count a 76."
Duke was looking to defend their home turf and the Rod Myers Invitational title out of 11 teams, but Northwestern pulled the upset to win at 10-under 854, three strokes ahead of second-place Baylor and 11 strokes ahead of third place Duke. Baylor moved into second place after a 6-under 282 final round to finish at 7-under 857. Duke finished with a 1-under 287 round to finish 1-over 865. Liberty, who started the day at even-par but shot a 5-over 283 round to finish at 5-over, 576, finished in fourth place, one stroke ahead of North Carolina. UNC finished in fifth after a 7-over 295 round. Charlotte finished in 6th at 9-over 873, and East Carolina ended in 7th at 10-over 874. Ohio State, Iowa, Pacific, and Tulsa rounded out the tournament.
Atop of the leaderboard was a two-way-tie for first among Northwestern's Matt Fitzpatrick and Jack Perry at 9-under 207. Kyle Jones from Baylor finished third, one stroke back at 8-under 208. Ohio State's Boo Timko moved up two spots Sunday to finish fourth at 6-under 210. Bateman finished in sole fifth, followed by a two-way tie between Duke's Motin Yeung and Liberty's Chase Marinell for sixth at 4-under 212. Eric Brady from East Carolina and Jerry Ruiz from Baylor tied for eighth at 3-under 213, and Raoul Menard from Charlotte rounded out the top ten at 2-under 214. These ten players were the only ones under par for the tournament.
Next up on the schedule for the Tar Heels is the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. on Oct. 26-27.
"I am excited for our final event in a couple of weeks," Sapp said. "With three different players who have had Top 5s in tournaments this fall, all we need to do is get everyone playing well at the same time."
The 54-hole tournament Rod Myers Invitational was played at the Duke University Golf Course which features a par 72, 7,154-yard layout.