DALLAS, TEX. - The North Carolina men's golf team fired a 5-over-par 289 in the final round of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate to finish at 9-over 861 in 12th place. Senior Patrick Barrett led the Tar Heels on Tuesday by firing a 1-under 70.
"This tournament was an opportunity lost," says Tar Heel head coach Andrew Sapp. "We had the chance to play against some top notch teams and unfortunately didn't play well. It is a bit of a reality check, and with the great work ethic of our players they will go into the off season knowing what they need to improve heading into the spring season."
Barrett, from Pinehurst, N.C., finished with an even par 213 total to tie for 21st place in the individual race. He carded three birdies and two bogeys for his final-round 1-under 70. Sophomore Brandon Dalinka, from Newtown, Pa., carded a 3-over 74 in the final round to finish at 2-over 215 in a tie for 29th. Clark Palmer, a senior from Augusta, Ga., fired a 1-over 72 on Tuesday and posted a 5-over 218 total to tie for 44th place. Senior Michael McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., shot a 2-over 73 to tie for 51st at 6-over 219. Sophomore Bailey Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., tied for 56th with a 7-over 220 after shooting a 3-over 74 in the final round.
Oklahoma State captured the team title by firing a 1-under-par 283 in the final round for a 10-under 842 total. New Mexico and Texas Tech are four strokes back in second place with 6-under 846 totals. The Lobos fired a 9-under 275 on Tuesday to jump from seventh to second place while the Red Raiders carded a 5-over 289. SMU finished in fourth place at 4-under 848 while Iowa was fifth at 1-under 851 and Texas A&M sixth at even par 852.
Ian Davis of Oklahoma State and Ian Vandersee of Iowa tied for individual medalist honors as both carded 7-under 206 totals. Both players fired an even par 71 in the final round. Finley Ewing IV of Texas Tech also carded a 71 to finish at 6-under 207 in third place. Two SMU players tied for fourth place at 5-under 208 - Maxine Blandin and Bryson Dechambeau.
"The fall overall has been very good and this is a tough way to end it, but we can come away with so many positives from this fall," continued Sapp.The 54-hole event was played at Royal Oaks Country Club which features a par 71, 7,068-yard layout. As Sapp said, this was the final event of the fall campaign for Carolina. The Tar Heels open their spring season Feb. 17-19 at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, P.R.