DADE CITY, FLA. – North Carolina is in fifth place after the second round of the USF Invitational. Carolina fired an even par 288 on Monday for a 4-over-par 580 total. Freshman Brandon Dalinka led the Tar Heels in the second round firing a 2-under 70.
Dalinka carded seven birdies on the day, but also suffered five bogeys. He was even par after the first nine holes that included four birdies and four bogeys, but on the back nine he fired another three birdies and just one bogey for his 2-under 70. Dalinka has a 2-over 146 total and is tied for 24th place along with teammate Patrick Barrett. Barrett, a redshirt junior, fired an even par 72 on Monday for his 146 total.
Junior Michael McGowan and freshman Bailey Patrick both posted a 1-over 73 in the second round. McGowan, has an even par 144 total and is tied for 12th place, the top Tar Heel in the individual standings. Patrick, has a 4-over 151 total and is tied for 49th. Clark Palmer, shot a 5-over 77 on Monday for a 4-over 148 total and is tied for 34th along with teammate Matt Raudenbush who is competing as an individual. Raudenbush, carded a 3-over 75 in the second round for his 148 total.
UCF still leads the 17-team field with a 7-under-par 569 total after firing a 3-under 285 in the second round. Georgia fired a 4-under 284 on Monday for a 1-under 575 total and is in second place. Middle Tennessee State is third at even par 576 while Kentucky is fourth at 3-over 579, Carolina is fifth at 4-over 580 and South Florida is sixth at 8-over 584.
Justin Dorward of Louisville jumped into the individual lead. Dorward, who was fifth going into the round, fired a 5-under 67 on Monday for a 7-under 137 total. Two strokes back tied for second place are Arkansas State’s Chris Piedger and UCF’s Brad Schneider at 5-under 139. Piedger fired a 7-under 65 in the second round while Schneider shot an even par 72. Tolver Dozier of Troy, Hunter Green of Middle Tennessee State and T.J. Mitchell of Georgia are tied for fourth place at 4-under 140 while Kentucky’s Chase Parker is alone in sixth place at 3-under 141.