UNC men’s golf finishes sixth at Linger Longer Invitational
North Carolina’s No. 4 men’s golf team finished sixth overall in the Linger Longer Invitational tournament at Great Waters Golf Course on Tuesday.
The UNC men’s golf team was in Eatonton, Ga., for the past three days to play the three-day tournament. North Carolina was the highest ranked school among the 15 competing universities. The event started on Sunday and ended on Tuesday.
North Carolina finished +1 and was 12 shots behind fifth-placed Charlotte, but scored just two fewer shots than seventh-placed South Florida. Georgia won the tournament with a score of -28.
The best rounds for the Tar Heels were rounds one and three, scoring 286 as a team in each round. The second round was the darkest of the three with a team score of 293.
North Carolina played its best par-five golf on the course. They finished in the top four teams by five, scoring an average of 4.63 for the entire tournament.
Despite performing well in the par fives, the par fours and threes saw more room for improvement, with the team having averages of 4.15 and 3.20, respectively.
Who stood out?
UNC saw a smaller range of scores from its high scorers to worst performing players compared to other teams. The North Carolina players all played at similar levels throughout the tournament.
Ryan Burnett had an excellent tournament, finishing in 16th place overall. He finished in first place for the Tar Heels, despite being the fifth North Carolina player on the roster. He shot 213 in 54 holes, averaging 71 for all 18 holes.
Slightly behind Burnett with one more shot was No. 28 David Ford, who finished in 19th place. He was third on North Carolina’s roster for the tournament.
When was it decided?
The fight for the top of the standings was alive until the final round. Georgia and Vanderbilt were tied for first after the second round ended. Georgia had a slightly better third round, giving the Bulldogs the win.
For North Carolina, hopes of finishing the tournament with a win were slim but possible after the first round ended. With Sunday’s high score round, however, those hopes were gone.
Why is this important?
This event was important because it allowed North Carolina to see the competition it has in the Atlantic Coast Conference and beyond. Some ACC rivals that participated in the tournament were Georgia, Clemson and Virginia. There were also other non-conference teams that competed with the Tar Heels.
The Linger Longer Invitational also reminds the Tar Heels that there is still a lot to do for what remains of the season. With only two more tournaments remaining in the regular season, the team still has opportunities to move up the rankings ahead of the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
When do they play next?
North Carolina men’s golf will be in Palm City, Fla. next week to play the Valspar Intercollegiate. The game will take place Monday, March 28 and Tuesday, March 29 at the Florida National Golf Course.
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