RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO- North Carolina finished in 12th place with a 23-over-par 887, dropping another two spots in the tournament, after shooting a 12-over 300 Tuesday in the final round. Senior Michael McGowan led the Tar Heels with a 2-under 70 for the round, tying for 16th place individually with a 2-under-par 214.
"Michael played well for us today and finished with a nice tournament," head coach Andrew Sapp said. "Unfortunately, as a team we played terribly today. We did not beat another team today and that is embarrassing. Sometimes embarrassment can be a great motivator and we need to come home motivated to improve and play well when we go on our spring break trip. Learning experiences can be painful, and we definitely need to grow from this pain."
McGowan, from Southern Pines, N.C., began the day with birdies on three of his first four holes. McGowan carded five birdies total in the round but bogeyed three holes to finish the day with a 2-under 70. Sophomore Bailey Patrick recorded a 1-over-par for the second day in row to tie for 31st place individually with a 2-over 218 through three rounds. The Charlotte, N.C., native shot four birdies and three bogeys in the round. He faltered on the 16th hole with a double bogey, pushing him over par for the round. Junior Andy Sajevic, from Fremont, Neb., started the round of strong at 1-over-par through ten holes. Sajevic shot an 11 on a par 5, pushing him to 7-over-par. Back-to-back birdies on his final two holes put Sajevic at a 6-over 78 for the round. Sajevic finished the tournament tied for 59th place with a 13-over 229 total. Sophomore Brandon Dalinka carded three bogeys and a birdie in the round. Additionally, Dalinka, of Newton, Pa., shot a 6 on a par 3 and double bogeyed the subsequent hole to shoot a 7-over 79. Dalinka tied for 64th individually with a 14-over 230. Senior Patrick Barrett, from Pinehurst, N.C., finished the round with an 8-over 80 to finish in 67th place individually with a 9-over 231 total. Barrett started strong with birdies on two of his first three holes, but shot six bogeys and two double bogeys through the rest of the round.
Alabama took the team title, confirming their victory by firing a 14-under-par 274 in the final round of play. The Crimson Tide finished with a 33-under 831 in the tournament, seven strokes ahead of second place finisher Oklahoma, who finished with a 26-under 838. SMU maintained third place after shooting a 5-under 283 for the round to total a 16-under 848. Georgia finished four strokes behind SMU in fourth place with a 12-under 852, and Georgia Tech rounded out the top five with a 6-under 858.
North Carolina State's Abin Choi placed first in the individual race after shooting a 7-under-par 65 in the final round of the tournament. Choi moved up from a tie in fourth place and finished with a 12-under 204 for the tournament. Oklahoma's Will Kropp, Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans and Alabama's Cory Whitsett tied for second place, all earning a 10-under 206 for their three-day totals. There was another three-way tie for fifth place. Eduardo Castiello of Oklahoma and Mikey Moyers of Virginia Tech both dropped from a tie in first place to tie for fifth after shooting even pars for the round. Virginia Tech's Scott Vincent joined them in fifth place at a 7-under-par 209.
The Puerto Rico Classic was played at Rio Mar Country Club's River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on a par 72, 6,945-yard layout. The Tar Heels will return to action March 11 in the Tiger Shootout in Auburn, Ala.