CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tar Heel Bailey Patrick fired a 3-under par 68 to grab the lead at the 54th North Carolina Amateur Championship being played at Carolina Golf Club. Patrick, a rising senior from Charlotte, sits at 12-under 201 and holds a two-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round.
"Today was a pretty low-stress round," says Patrick. "I hit a lot of fairways and greens and didn't make many mistakes. I'm definitely looking forward to having a chance to win tomorrow."
Patrick's round featured four birdies and just one bogey on the par-71, 6,964-yard layout and jumped back into lead after earlier rounds of 62-71. He led after the first round and was just one stroke back after the second round. William Register, an incoming freshman for the Tar Heels, fired a 2-under 69 on Saturday and is tied for ninth place at 7-under 206. Michael McGowan, who played for the Tar Heels 2010-2013, shot a 1-under 70 and is alone in 21st place with a 2-under 211 total while Matt Crenshaw, a 2001-2005 UNC letterman, carded a 1-over 72 and is tied for 40th at 3-over 216. Another former Tar Heel, Jonathan Jackson, withdrew from the event.
The final round of the 72-hole event will be played Sunday at Carolina Golf Club. Three of the Tar Heels will begin play off the #1 tee - McGowan at 8:40, Register at 9:10 and Patrick at 9:40. Crenshaw will tee off the #10 tee at 8:40.