The North Carolina men’s golf team, led by junior Austin Hitt and sophomore Ryan Gerard, finished fourth in the Old Town Club Collegiate hosted by Wake Forest through Tuesday.
Louisville won the event with a combined 30-under-par over three rounds, with Wake Forest finishing second at 29-under-par. Rutgers came in third with a 13-under-par outing, and the Tar Heels finished close behind with a 12-under-par.
UNC opened with a five-under-par 275 as a team in its opening round, followed by a 277 in the second round. At the end of Monday, the team stood at eight-under-par, and while first place was far out of reach going into Tuesday, the Tar Heels shot a combined four-under-par in the final round to finish the tournament strong.
Who stood out?
Hitt and Gerard shone for UNC with top-10 individual finishes. Hitt finished sixth with an eight-under-par, while Gerard, a Raleigh, N.C. native, finished tied for 10th with a five-under-par.
For Hitt, the performance marked his second top-10 finish in three tournaments this season, following another sixth place outing at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham earlier in September.
After a bogey on the first hole of Tuesday’s final round, Hitt eagled the fourth hole and birdied holes eight and nine to finish the front nine at three-under. He made pars on the entirety of the back nine.
For context of his play, Louisville’s Matthias Schmid won the event with an 18-under-par, three strokes ahead of Wake Forest’s Eric Bae.