DURHAM, N.C.- Tar Heel senior Clark Palmer led the Tar Heels to a runner-up finish at the Rod Myers Invitational and was crowned the co-champion in the individual race. Carolina had its best round of the tournament shooting a 5-under 283 in the final round for an even par 864 total. Palmer, along with Duke's Julian Suri, fired a 7-under 209 over three rounds.
"What a great tournament by Clark," said Carolina head coach Andrew Sapp. "He has been working hard and working a lot on the mental side of the game, meeting with Dr. (Dick) Coop and it really paid off today. I am so proud of his growth."
Palmer, from Augusta, Ga., fired a 2-under 70 on Sunday after earlier rounds of 69-70 for his first collegiate win. He fired an eagle-3 on the par-5, 573-yard seventh hole in addition to two birdies on the front nine and two bogies on the back. Sophomore Brandon Dalinka, from Newtown, Pa., turned his tournament around by firing a 2-under 70 as well. Dalinka had struggled in the first two rounds shooting 78-79. Dalinka was 4-under-par before the 18th hole where he double-bogeyed to place him tied for 45th with a 227 total. Patrick Barrett, a senior from Pinehurst N.C., fired a 1-under 71 on Sunday for a 5-over 211 total to tie for 30th. Michael McGowan, a senior from Southern Pines, N.C., shot even-par 72 and ended the tournament tied for 33rd at 6-over-par 222. Sophomore Bailey Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., fired a 1-over 73 for a 1-under 215 total and finished in nonth place.
Three Tar Heels also competed as individuals. Junior Andy Sajevic, from Fremont, Neb., carded a 5-over 77 in the final round to end up tied for 38th at 8-over-par 224. Andy Knox, a junior from Cary, N.C., shot 80 to tie for 53rd with a 231 total. Reeves Zaytoun, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., finished the tournament tied for 59th after shooting 5-over 77 with a 235 total.
Coach Sapp was pleased with the team's final round. "As a team we played very well. We had five good scores and threw out a 73. It was good to move from 3rd to 2nd. Duke just played awesome and earned the win. I am proud of the way we played today. Another under-par final round. We had key rounds from Brandon and Patrick and today was a total team effort."
Duke came Sunday to defend their home turf and did just that. They had a blazing 10-under-par final round to secure first place among all 11 teams. Duke finished the tournament 12-under-par 852. Coming in second after a great final round was North Carolina. The Tar Heels shot a 5-under-par 283 in the last round and ended the tournament at even-par 864. Charlotte followed up in third and shot a 3-over 291 to finish at 3-over-par 867. Liberty grabbed fourth place with an 872 total while Iowa was one stroke back at 873.
Tar Heel Clark Palmer and Blue Devil Julian Suri were crowned co-champions of the Rod Myers Invitational as they both fired a 7-under-par 209 total. Charlotte's Braeden Cryderman and Duke's Adam Sumrall tied finished three strokes back in a tie for third place at 4-under 212. Tied for fifth are Logan McCracken of Tulsa and Brinson Paolini of Duke at 3-under 213.
The Rod Myers Invitational was played on the Duke University Golf Course which features a par 72, 7,154-yard layout. The Tar Heels' next tournament is the Wolfpack Intercollegiate at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh N.C. The tournament starts on Friday October 19th and ends on Saturday October 20th.