DURHAM, N.C. Ė The Duke men’s golf program is hosting the inaugural Duke Individual Collegiate on Monday and Tuesday at the Duke University Golf Club. The event, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola USA and the Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company, is an individual 54-hole stroke play competition featuring players from across the country.
"We are extremely excited to host the Duke Coca-Cola Individual Collegiate," said head coach O.D. Vincent. "The event was created to give collegiate players fighting for a spot in their teams' respective lineups, a great competitive opportunity."
On Monday, individuals will play 36 holes beginning with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Tee times for Tuesday’s 18-hole final round will begin at 8:00 a.m. off No. 1 and No. 10 at the Duke University Golf Club. The course will play as a 6,961 yard, par 71 on both days.
The tournament field consists of individual from Augusta State, Barton, Campbell, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Florida, George Mason, Guilford, North Carolina, N.C. State, Northern Illinois, SMU, UNC Greensboro, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
"We are honored to contribute to the growth and improvement of collegiate golf," added Vincent. "We look forward to this concept expanding and similar opportunities being available in all parts of the country."
Live scoring for the event will be available at www.golfstat.com.
Duke Home Tournament History
For the past 34 years, Duke University has hosted an intercollegiate men’s golf tournament featuring some of the most talented teams and players in the country. The Blue Devils have won a home event at the Duke University Golf Course nine times (1978, 1979, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008).
For the first 17 years, from 1974 to 1990, the tournament was a spring event known as the Iron Duke Classic.
From 1982 to 1995, Duke hosted the John H. Ryan Memorial in the fall. This event was held in the memory of John H. Ryan, Jr., a Duke student in the class of 1984 and member of the golf team, who died in a summer boating accident prior to his junior year. He was selected by Golf Magazine to the 1979 All-American Junior Golf Team. A highly valued member of the Duke golf team and a two-year letterman, John was a young man who exemplified sportsmanship, talent and a genuine love for his fellow students and teammates. He will always be remembered for the honorable qualities that he exhibited during his lifetime.
The university hosted both the Iron Duke Classic and John H. Ryan Memorial until the 1989-90 season. In 1990-91, the two events combined to form the John Ryan Iron Duke Classic. The Classic was held each spring for the next four years, then moved to the fall for the 1994-95 campaign.
The fall event became the Duke Golf Classic and over the past 13 years, Duke has received support from various sponsors to host the Duke Classic. For the past nine years the Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Coca-Cola USA have been the title sponsors for the event.
The Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Coca-Cola USA are also title sponsors at this year’s inaugural Duke Individual Collegiate, a 54-hole individual stroke play event.
Duke University Golf Club
The Duke University Golf Club, which served as the host of the 1962 and 2001 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, is the home venue for the Blue Devil golf team.
Construction of the course was planned to begin prior to World War II, but the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 put the plans on hold. After the war, the present site of 120 acres was selected. The property was carefully chosen for the unique elevation changes of its mildly rolling terrain. In 1955, Duke sought out Robert Trent Jones, whose golf course architecture was widely respected.
Finally, on September 26, 1957, Duke University Golf Club opened to the public. The Duke course was immediately labeled one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The accolades were great enough to attract the 1962 NCAA Golf Championships. Ironically, there was a soon-to-be-famous golf course architect playing in that NCAA field from Yale University. His name was Rees Jones, eldest son of the Duke golf course designer.
In 1988, university officials recognized that the golf course needed restoration. While no one denied the magnificent routing of its holes, the condition of the course had become unacceptable by Duke University standards. Rees Jones, now a master architect in his own right, was the only choice for this redesign. Final major construction began in June, 1993 and was completed in April, 1994. It would be difficult to describe the loving care that Rees Jones put into the design of each and every feature of the course. Throughout the redesign, he scrutinized every shot possibility, observed and considered every angle to insure that each nuance of the course would be subtle and perfectly placed.
The facility plays host to a number of annual events including the Duke Golf Classic and the Duke Children’s Classic. In addition, the course frequently hosts U.S. Open qualifiers.