RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO- North Carolina fell three spots to tenth place, among the 15 teams, after shooting an 8-over-par 296 on Monday. The team is now at 11-over-par 587 for the tournament and has one last round on Tuesday. North Carolina repeated Sunday's trend of not finishing the round well. Three of the five golfers were at 3-under-par at one point before giving up strokes at the end of the round.
Senior Patrick Barrett, from Pinehurst, N.C., scored a 1-over-par today, improving on his score from Sunday by five strokes and is currently tied for 53rd. Barrett was 3-under-par after nine holes but finished his last three holes 3-over-par. Sophomore Bailey Patrick also recorded a 1-over-par on the day and is tied for 28th overall at 1-over-par for the tournament. The Charlotte, N.C. native also struggled finishing the round. Patrick was 4-under-par after 11 holes and then double-bogeyed and triple-bogeyed. Michael McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., started hot where he left off Sunday recording a par and three birdies in a row through four holes. The senior couldn't keep it up and finished at 2-over-par on the day and even for the tournament, tied for 22nd. Sophomore Brandon Dalinka had a solid round besides one hole. Dalinka, out of Newton, Pa., had four bogeys and four birdies but recorded an 8 on the par 4, hole number 1. Dalinka is tied for 53rd in the tournament at 7-over-par. Junior Andy Sajevic, from Fremont, Neb., finished his second round with a 5-over 77 and is also tied for 53rd at 7-over-par. Combined the Tar Heels had two double-bogeys, two triple bogeys, and a quadruple bogey.
Head Coach Andrew Sapp talked about the team's challenges in the second round, "Today was more of a struggle. Again we didn't finish the round well and we had too many big numbers on the card. If we can eliminate the big errors, we can shoot under par tomorrow and that is the goal."
Alabama and Oklahoma are atop the leaderboard and have a comfortable lead over SMU in third. Alabama and SMU both shot 10-under-par for the day but Oklahoma had a great day going 11-under-par. Alabama and Oklahoma are 19-under-par 557 for the tournament and SMU is 11-under 565. Georgia is in fourth after shooting 8-under-par today and is 6-under 570 for the tournament. Georgia Tech is fifth and 5-under-par 571.
Oklahoma's Eduardo Castiello and Virginia Tech's Mikey Moyers lead the individual leaderboard at 7-under-par 137. Holding onto third place is Alabama's Scott Strohmeyer at 6-under-par 138. North Carolina State's Albin Choi moved his way into a tie for fourth place after shooting 3-under-par on the day and 5-under for the tournament. Austin Smotherman from SMU is also tied for fourth place at 5-under 139.
The 54-hole event continues Tuesday at Rio Mar Country Club's River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The course features a par 72, 6,945-yard layout. Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.