The Hayt: David Ford shoots 70 one day after playing in the Arnold Palmer Invite
David Ford (North Carolina Athletics Photo)
David Ford (North Carolina Athletics Photo)

The grind never stops in collegiate golf.

David Ford of North Carolina knows this well, as he is playing with the Tar Heels at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., hosted by the University of North Florida, just one day after playing in the first two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour. And he is only one shot off the lead.

David Ford set to play Arnold Palmer Invitational

Ford, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Rankings, shot a 2-under 70 and is T4 with Adam Wallin of Ohio State, Jones Free of Alabama, and Jonathan Griz of Alabama. Neal Shipley of Ohio State, Alexandre Vandermoten of Jacksonville, and Canon Claycomb of Alabama are tied for the lead at 3-under.

Alabama leads the team competition at 6 under by four shots over Ohio State, which is in solo second place at 2 under. North Carolina is in solo third place at 1-over, and Virginia is in solo fourth place at 2-over.

Ford earned a spot in the Arnold Palmer through the 2023 Palmer Cup. Each year, one player from the men's team is voted upon by their peers to receive exemptions into the API, and they voted for Ford.

Ford finished 10-over and missed the cut. He shot an impressive 1-under 71 in the first round but an 11-over 83 in the second round saw him miss out on playing the weekend. 

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Due to that, he joined his team just two hours down the road at Sawgrass Country Club to play in the John Hayt this weekend. 

Results: John Hayt Collegiate Invitational
1GADeven PatelJohns Creek, GA60074-68-71=213
T2WAEthan EvansMercer Island, WA40073-68-73=214
T2KYCanon ClaycombBowling Green, KY40069-71-74=214
T4EnglandJack NeillEngland30073-70-72=215
T4PANeal ShipleyPittsburgh, PA30069-73-73=215

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ABOUT THE John Hayt Collegiate Invitational

54 hole men's college tournament hosted by the University of North Florida. Team (best four scores of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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