GREENSBORO, N.C. - The University of North Carolina men's golf team fired an even par 288 to grab the lead after the first round of the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate being played at Grandover Resort East Course. Tar Heel freshman Henry Do fired a 4-under-par 68 and leads the individual race.
"Even par was a good score today and we were obviously carried by Henry's 68," says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "His bogey free round was fantastic. It is nice to be in the lead, but we need to take advantage of the par fives better tomorrow. We played them only 1-under-par today and that's not good enough. We need to go out tomorrow and win tomorrow's round. The field is so tight that our focus has to be on playing our best golf tomorrow. If we play like we are capable, I know we will play better."
Do, from Canton, Mich., scored four birdies, two on the front nine and two on the back, en route to his 4-under 68 which gives him a 1-stroke lead in the individual race. Two Tar Heel juniors, Brandon Dalinka and Bailey Patrick, fired a 1-over-par 73 which put them tied for 11th place. Dalinka scored four birdies, two double-bogeys and one bogey while Patrick carded two birdies, one bogey and one double bogey. Freshman Davis Bateman, from Charlotte, N.C., finished one stroke back at 2-over 74 and is tied for 22nd while Keagan Cummings, a sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, shot a 5-over 77 and is tied for 56th. Junior Robert Register, from Burlington, N.C., is competing as an individual and posted a 4-over-par 76 to tie for 45th place.
Carolina sits atop the leaderboard of the 14-team field. The Tar Heels' even par 288 put them two strokes ahead of host UNCG which carded a 2-over 290. Virginia Tech and Chattanooga are tied for third place at 3-over 291. NC State and Washington State round out the top five with the Wolfpack in fifth place at 4-over 292 and the Cougars in sixth place at 5-over 293. Purdue and VCU are tied for seventh place at 8-over 296 while Memphis is ninth at 9-over 297 and Mississippi State is 10th at 10-over 298.
Tar Heel Henry Do's 4-under-par 68 gives him a slim 1-stroke lead over Carter Jenkins of UNCG who shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday. Chris Robb of Chattanooga is in third place at 2-under 70. Four players are tied for fourth place at 1-under 71 - NC State's James Chapman, Washington State's Sang Lee, Chattanooga's Ewan Scott and Georgia State's Damon Stephenson. Rounding out the top 10 in a tie for eighth at even par 72 are Mississippi State's Chad Ramey and Virginia Tech's Bryce Chalkley and Maclain Huge.
Due to heavy frost delays this morning, the event has been shortened to a 36-hole event - 18 (instead of the scheduled 36) holes today and the final 18 on Sunday. It is being played at the Grandover Resort East Course which features a par 72, 7,245-yard layout. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com.