After advancing to the NCAA Championship round, the North Carolina men's golf team will look to build on recent success in 2019-20 with the help of senior Austin Hitt, junior Ryan Gerard and others. Keep reading to find out who's leaving, who's returning and what to expect for next season.
In the 2018 season, UNC men’s golf placed well in multiple tournaments. The Tar Heels started off the season with the Rod Myers Invitational, where they tied for second.
They also finished third in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic, first in the Tar Heel Invitational, second in the John Hayt Intercollegiate, and tied for second in the NCAA Stanford Regional, good enough to advance to the NCAA Championship round in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Three players graduated last year for North Carolina: Joshua Martin, Preyer Fountain and Tailin Song.
Martin finished with the 11th-lowest stroke average in UNC history (73.20) and was an All-America honorable mention in 2018. He played in 31 events, which included two NCAA Regionals and the 2018 NCAA Championship, and also placed in the top 15 a total of 11 times, and in the top 10 eight times. To fill Martin’s shoes, someone will need to step up big this year for the Tar Heels.
Fountain was another important player for UNC, as he played in all five fall events last season and had six top-25 finishes in his career.