CHARLOTTE, N.C. - University of North Carolina golfer Bailey Patrick fired a blistering 9-under-par 62, the competitive course record at Carolina Golf Club, and leads all golfers at the 54th North Carolina Amateur Championship. William Register, who will be a freshman for the Tar Heels this fall, fired a 4-under 67 and is tied for fourth place while former Tar Heel Michael McGowan shot a 3-under 68 and stands tied for eighth.
Patrick, a rising senior from Charlotte, N.C., fired two eagles on Thursday, eight birdies along with one bogey and one double-bogey. He captured his first collegiate win this past year and carded six top-25 finishes for the Tar Heels. Register, from Burlington, N.C., fired four birdies and the rest pars on his way to a 4-under 67. McGowan, who played for the Tar Heels 2010-2013, carded four birdies and one bogey en route to his 3-under 68.
Two other former Tar Heels are also among the 141 participants, Jonathan Jackson and Matt Crenshaw. Jackson, who played 2005-2006, shot a 2-over 73 and is tied for 59th while Crenshaw, a 2001-2005 letterwinner, posted a 4-over 75 and is tied for 89th.
There will be one more round on Friday and then the field will be cut to the top 60 players including ties for the final two rounds. The event concludes on Sunday.All five Tar Heels have morning tee times on Friday. Register will be the first to start, teeing off the first tee at 8:38. Patrick and Crenshaw begin play at 8:48 off the first tee while McGowan also starts at 8:48 off the 10th tee. Jackson tees off the 10th tee at 8:57.