OPELIKA, ALA. - The North Carolina men's golf team fired an 11-over-par 299 in the first round of the Tiger Invitational and stands in eighth place. Junior Andy Sajevic and sophomore Brandon Dalinka led the Tar Heels as each fired a 2-over 74 on Monday. The second round, which was also to be played on Monday, was postponed to Tuesday due to weather delays.
Dalinka and Sajevic are tied for 20th in the individual race. Dalinka, from Newtown, Pa., scored four bogeys and two birdies for his 2-over 74. Sajevic, from Fremont, Neb., fired five birdies but also suffered two bogeys, one double-bogey and one triple-bogey. Michael McGowan, a senior from Southern Pines, N.C., is one stroke back at 3-over 75 in a tie for 29th place. Sophomore Bailey Patrick, from Charlotte, N.C., carded a 4-over 76 and is tied for 37th while junior Andy Knox, from Cary, N.C., shot a 5-over 77 and is tied for 44th.
East Carolina leads the field of 15 teams after firing a 2-over 290 in the first round. Mississippi State is two strokes back in second place at 4-over 292. Wake Forest and Kennesaw State are tied for third place at 5-over 293 while Charlotte is fifth at 295, Memphis sixth at 296, Chattanooga seventh at 298 and Carolina eighth at 299. Three teams, Auburn, Houston and South Alabama, are tied for ninth place with 301 totals.
Michael Garretson of South Alabama fired a 3-under 69 to grab the individual lead after the first round. Garretson's round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the par-3, 230-yard 15th hole. Evan Beck of Wake Forest and Zach Edmondson of East Carolina are one stroke back in a tie for second place at 2-under 70 while Jimmy Beck of Kennesaw State and Cory Gaylord of Memphis are tied for fourth at 1-under 71. Seven players are tied for sixth place at even par 72 - Auburn's Niclas Carlsson and Jake Mondy, Chattanooga's Chris Robb, Charlotte's Joe Toland, East Carolina's Ryan Eibner, Houston's Wesley McClain and Mississippi State's Chad Ramey. McClain's round was also highlighted by a hole-in-one, on the par-3, 213-yard eighth hole.
The final two rounds of the 54-hole event will be played Tuesday at Grand National Lake Course which features a par 72, 7,149-yard layout. Live scoring is available on GoHeels.com and there will be an 8 a.m. CDT shotgun start.