CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Five Tar Heels have advanced on to the final two rounds at the 54th North Carolina Amateur Championship after the conclusion of the second round at the Carolina Golf Club, a par-71, 6,964-yard layout. Bailey Patrick, a rising senior from Charlotte, N.C., led the way for the Tar Heel contingent. After firing the competitive course record, a 9-under-par 62, on Thursday, he fired an even par 71 on Friday.
"Yesterday (Thursday) all parts of my game were really solid and I putted very well," says Patrick. "It's always hard to follow up a great round, but I was happy with the way I played today and feel good going into the final 36 holes of the tournament."
Patrick's even par 72 in the second round gave him a 9-under 133 total, just one stroke behind the leader. Patrick fired three birdies, three bogeys, one eagle and one double bogey on Friday. William Register, an incoming freshman for the Tar Heels from Burlington, N.C., is tied for eighth place at 5-under 137 after firing a 1-under 70 on Friday. His round featured four birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey.
Three former Tar Heels also advanced on to the final two rounds. Jonathan Jackson, a 2005-2006 UNC letterman, fired a 4-under 67 on Friday and stands at 2-under 140 in a tie for 21st place. Michael McGowan, who played for the Tar Heels 2010-2013, is tied for 28th at 1-under 141 after shooting a 2-over 73. Matt Crenshaw, a 2001-2005 letterman, is at 2-over 144 in a tie for 51st after shooting a 2-under 69 on Friday.
At the conclusion of Friday's second round, the field was cut to the top 60 players, including ties. The final two rounds will be played Saturday and Sunday.