ACC MEN'S GOLF: FSU leads by 4, UNC T-5, Duke T-7
No. 19 Florida State smoked the course with a 4-under-par 284 in the opening round of the ACC Men’s Golf Championship Friday at the Old North State Club.
But the Seminoles failed to smoke the field. FSU leads No. 5 Georgia Tech by four strokes. The Yellow Jackets’ top four scorers turned in an even-par 288. No. 32 Clemson is third at 1-over 289, No 45 Wake Forest fourth at 2-over 290 and North Carolina and Boston College are tied for fifth at 3-over 291, seven shots back.
N.C. State and Duke are next on the leaderboard, tied for seventh at 5-over 293.
Rounding out the field are Notre Dame and Virginia, both at 294, Virginia Tech (298) and Maryland (299).
UNC’s top scorer is Brandon Dalinka, tied for sixth at 1-under 71. UNC’s Keagan Cummings is tied for 15th at 72, Henry Do is tied for 22nd at 1-over 73 and Bailey Patrick rounded out the UNC scoring with a 3-over 75.
Tar Heel Andrew Sajevic’s score — a 4-over 76 — did not count in UNC’s team score.
“Today was a solid start for us,” UNC coach Andrew Sapp said. “The field is really bunched together from top to bottom, so it will really be a shootout this weekend. It should be a lot of fun. I am proud of the way the guys battled. They hung in there when the winds started to blow. We are excited to be in the thick of things going into Saturday, and hopefully, we can move up the leaderboard tomorrow.”
No. 3-ranked Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech holds the individual lead in the 60-man field at 7-under 65. Hank Lebioda of Florida State is three shots back at 4-under 68, followed closely by Miller Capps of Clemsonat 3-under 69.
Duke’s Austin Cody and Wake Forest’s Cyrus Stewart share fourth at 2-under 70, followed by Sean Bosdosh of Maryland, UNC’s Dalinka, Cristobal Del Solar of Florida State, Andrew Lane of Notre Dame, Carter Page of N.C. State, Cody Proveaux of Clemson, Clancy Waugh of Wake Forest, and Motin Yeung of Duke at 1-under 71. Eight more stand in a tie for 14th at even-par 72.
“I am proud of and happy for Austin,” Duke coach Jamie Green said. “He has worked hard all year and done a lot of the right things to put himself in position to play well here. He talked to team last night after our practice round and delivered on exactly what he told the team it would take to play well. If you stay patient, have the right game plan and targets coming into greens you will have a few birdie opportunities and also a lot of manageable par putts. He patiently made pars and converted his birdie opportunities.”
The championship is free and open to the public. New London is about 29 miles northwest of Asheboro.