Men's Golf First In Stroke Play At ACC Championship

Men’s Golf First In Stroke Play At ACC Championship

Peter Fountainthe defending individual champion, tied for first and the University of North Carolina shot a school record and second-lowest 54-hole score in Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Golf Championship history to secure the No. 1 seed in the semifinals Saturday at the Shark’s Tooth Golf Club at Watersound Club in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman, whom Fountain tied with a birdie on the second to last hole in regulation at 13 under par, won the individual title with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Fountain became the first Tar Heel and seventh player in ACC history to win or tie for first place in multiple championships (the fifth to do in consecutive years).

Fountain won the 2021 ACC title with a 10-under 200. The previous best other finish by a Tar Heel who was medalist at an ACC Championship was by Davis Love III, who placed second in 1983 and was the champion a year later. Fountain’s 13 under by is the best by a Tar Heel in ACC Championship history, besting the 11 under by Ben Griffin in 2011 and Dustin Bray in 2002.

Carolina finished first in the stroke play portion of the championship for the second consecutive year. The Tar Heels shot 6-under 282 today and 35-under 829 for 54 holes.

UNC faces Wake Forest in match play in one of two semifinals Sunday morning beginning at 11 am Eastern. The matches will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.

Carolina shot 35 under par for the tournament. Georgia Tech was second at 26 under, Florida State was third at 19 under and the Demon Deacons grabbed the fourth and final semifinal spot at 17 under. Notre Dame was one stroke behind Wake Forest in fifth place.

Both UNC’s 829 total and 35 under par are the second-lowest on a par-72 course in ACC Championship history (Georgia Tech was 37-under 827 in 2019 at the Old North State Club in New London, NC).

This is the first time UNC has finished first in stroke play in consecutive ACC Championships since winning the title in 1995 and sharing the championship with Georgia Tech in 1996.

Carolina’s 35-under-par finish is No. 4 all-time for any tournament in Carolina men’s golf history.

Four Tar Heels placed in the top 10, including Fountain, freshman David Fordfifth-year senior Ryan Gerard and senior Ryan Burnett.

Ford, the round one leader, eagled the third hole today and shot 3-under 69 to tie for seventh at 8-under 208, his third-best scoring finish of the season.

Gerard came into the final round tied for the lead with Fountain and Bridgeman at 9 under. He shot 1-over 73 to tie Ford for seventh at 208, his best career finish in four ACC Tournaments.

Burnett was 4 over par through five, but birdied four holes in a row to end up back at even for the day. He tied for 10th at 6-under 210.

Austin Greaser posted a 73 today and tied for 37th.

Fountain made four birdies and no bogeys to shoot 4-under 68 today. He shot 68-67-68 over the three rounds, becoming the fourth player in UNC history to shoot in the 60s in all three rounds in an ACC Championship and the second to do so on a par-72 course. Fountain had come into the ACC Championship with three rounds in the 60s – all 69s – in his previous nine tournaments this season.

Sunday’s semi-final matches vs. Wake Forest include (UNC listed first)
Austin Greaser vs. Mark Power (11:02 a.m. Eastern)
Peter Fountain vs. Alex Fitzpatrick (11:14 a.m. Eastern)
Ryan Burnett vs. Michael Brennan (11:26 a.m. Eastern)
David Ford vs. Parker Gillam (11:38 a.m. Eastern)
Ryan Gerard vs. Scotty Kennon (11:50 a.m. Eastern)

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