GREENSBORO, N.C. - Henry Do led the University of North Carolina men's golf team to a first place finish in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. North Carolina shot an even par 288 in the first round to grab first place and a 5-under-par 283 to close the tournament atop the leaderboard at 5-under 571. Do earned co-champion honors after posting a 5-under-par 139.
The Tar Heels have had three top-5 finishes this fall, but were able to close this tournament for their first tournament win of the season. North Carolina is no stranger to the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The Tar Heels won the tournament in 2011.
"We had a great finish today," said Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "We really took care of the par fives, which was the key to our round.
"I'm so proud of Henry [Do] notching his first collegiate win with a birdie on the final hole."
Do, a freshman from Canton, Mich., scored five birdies and four bogeys and finished strong by birdieing his last hole for a 1-under 71. Junior Brandon Dalinka ended the tournament in a tie for ninth at even par 144. Dalinka, from Newtown Pa., had four birdies and three bogeys in his second round for a 1-under-par 71. Bailey Patrick, a native of Charlotte, N.C., scored an even par 72 in the second round to place him tied for 16th at 1-over 145. The junior had two birdies and two bogeys in his second round. Sophomore Keagan Cummings, from Dublin, Ireland, caught fire in the second round ending with three birdies on his last four holes to finish 3-under-par 69 for the round. Cummings jumped up thirty-five spots on the leaderboard and tied for 21st at 2-over-par 146. Davis Bateman, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., shot a 3-over-par 75 in the second round. Bateman finished the tournament in a tie for 36th. Junior Robert Register, from Burlington, N.C., was competing as an individual and carded a 4-over-par 76 in the second round. Register finished tied for 59th.
"Keagan [Cummings] had a huge comeback from yesterday's round which was fantastic," Sapp said. "Brandon [Dalinka] had his second top-10 finish of the fall.
"It was a great team win with everyone contributing and coming together. It's a wonderful way to finish off the fall."
Carolina beat out the 13 other teams in the Bridgestone Golf Classic by posting a 5-under 571. Chattanooga took second place at 1-over-par 577. Memphis took third place with a final score of 4-over-par 580. Virginia Tech followed at 6-over-par 582. Purdue and Georgia State tied for fifth at 8-over-par 584. Host team UNCG placed seventh at 9-over-par 585. Washington State trailed by a couple of strokes at 11-over-par 587 and in eighth place. Tied for ninth are VCU and Mississippi State at 12-over-par 588.
North Carolina's Do and Memphis' Lars van Meijel finished co-champions at 5-under-par 139. Adam Ball of VCU, Bryce Chalkley of Virginia Tech, and Ewan Scott of Chattanooga, all tied for third at 2-under-par 142. Tied for sixth at 1-under-par 143 are UNCG's Carter Jenkins, Chattanooga's Chris Robb, and Mississippi State's Ben wood. Seven players are tied for ninth at even par 144. They are: Washington State's Michael Anderson and Sang Lee, Virginia Tech's Trevor Cone, North Carolina's Brandon Dalinka, Chattanooga's Liam Johnston, High Point's David Long, and Purdue's Philippe Schweizer.
The Bridgestone Golf Collegiate was originally a 54-hole event, but due to heavy frost delays Saturday morning the event was shortened to a 36-hole event. It was played at the Grandover Resort East Course which features a par 72, 7,245-yard layout.
The Tar Heels will be back in action February 23 at the Puerto Rico Classic to start the spring season.