The difference a week can make is stark.
Just seven days after a second-place finish in Durham at the season-opening Rod Myers Invitational, the North Carolina men’s golf team shot 3-over-par to finish sixth in the Louisville Cardinal Challenge this weekend.
Both UNC and Duke competed in the Rod Myers Invitational and the Louisville Cardinal Challenge, yet the two teams had drastically different showings this weekend. Last weekend, North Carolina tied the Blue Devils with a score of 10-under-par. A week later, the Tar Heels shot 40 strokes worse than their conference rival.
Duke won the event with a blistering 37-under-par showing for the tournament. Along with the Blue Devils, UNC finished behind Louisville (-20), Wake Forest (-13), South Florida (-8), and Mississippi State (-2).
In the first round on Friday, North Carolina shot an even-par-284, led by a 69 from junior Austin Hitt. Though finishing even-par is good enough to stay in contention at some tournaments, that was not the case this weekend. The Demon Deacons and the Cardinals both finished the first round at 16-under-par, and Duke pulled far ahead with a 27-under-par finish. After round one, North Carolina fell to ninth place.