Ford wins Stephens Cup, men’s golf wins No. 1 seed
Tar Heel second year David Ford won the individual title by four strokes with one of the lowest 54-hole scores in school history and the University of North Carolina men’s golf team won the No. #1 after the final round of stroke play at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida.
Carolina will face Florida State, which finished second in stroke play, in the Cup championship game on Wednesday.
Ford won his first college title at 16-under 200, four strokes ahead of Oklahoma State’s Jonas Baumgartner. The native of Peachtree Corners, Ga., shot 68-62-70, which included 21 birdies and just three bogeys (all in the first round) and a double bogey (on the 16e hole today).
All five Tar Heels finished in the top 10. Austin Oiler (71-68-68) tied for fourth at 9 under 207, ryan burnet (67-71-70) and stone fountain (68-71-69) tied for sixth at 8 under 208 and Dylan Menante (69-72-70) tied for 10e at 5-less than 211.
Carolina has played 14 of its 15 individual rounds under par and one at par.
Ford’s 16-under par total is the fifth-lowest in UNC history and his 200 strokes are also tied for fifth-fewest over 54 holes by a Tar Heel.
Carolina shot 272-272-277 for a 43-under 821. The Seminoles finished at 23-under 841, three shots ahead of Stanford. Texas was fourth with 856, Arkansas and Notre Dame tied for fifth with 858, and Oklahoma State was seventh with 861.
Carolina’s 821 total at Seminole, a US Top 100 course, equals its season-best (also at Notre Dame) and equates to the third-lowest 54-hole total in UNC history . The 43-under par score is the second best in UNC history behind 49 under at the 2017 Tar Heel Intercollegiate at UNC Finley Golf Course.