The top-ranked UNC men’s golf team competed in the inaugural St Andrews Links Collegiate this week at the Home of Golf in Scotland, finishing runner-up to Vanderbilt in the team competition and losing a medal match around the Old Course 4.5-1.5 on Wednesday.
Two rounds of stroke play were contested on St Andrews’ Jubilee Course Monday and Tuesday to determine an individual champion, and Fountain paced the Tar Heels, finishing in solo third at 6-under-par.
UNC’s lineup at St Andrews included senior Peter Fountain, junior Maxwell Ford, graduate student Kenan Poole, first-year Hampton Roberts and Old Course veterans graduate student Austin Greaser and fifth-year Dylan Menante.
Junior David Ford was not in Scotland as he helped Team USA claim its first title in the World Amateur Team Championships since 2014 last week.
North Carolina was tied with Vanderbilt after day one of stroke play at 7-under. Menante led the Tar Heels on day one with a 4-under 66. His inward 31 on day one included an eagle three on the par-5 12th hole and three consecutive birdies on holes 14-16.
Fountain was 4-under for his first round after an eagle hole out on 15 before making bogey on two of the last three to post a 68. Poole recorded a 1-under round, while Maxwell Ford and Roberts both posted even-par 70.
Menante had a good shot at winning the individual competition standing on the 11th tee on day two. He had gone out in bogey-free 31 and trailed Vanderbilt’s Jackson Van Paris by one shot. After a good drive, Menante struck his second shot from the fairway.
He hated it. Immediately after the strike, Menante looked down at the links turf.
The ball finished long and left of the green and nestled into thick rough. He was unable to get his third on the green and missed a short bogey putt, leading to a six. Van Paris birdied the long par-4, and his lead ballooned to four shots.