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Paolini, Soegaard Tabbed in Palmer Cup Rankings
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/20/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – Senior Brinson Paolini and freshman Mads Soegaard of the ninth-ranked Duke men’s golf team were both listed in the most recent Palmer Cup Rankings, as announced Wednesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Paolini was tabbed at No. 6 in the poll for Team USA, while Soegaard was listed at No. 20 for Europe. The top six golfers in the new ranking from both the United States and Europe will be among the 10 individuals selected to compete in the 2013 Palmer Cup at Wilmington Country Club.  

Paolini, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., has posted two top-20 finishes to open the spring, including a tied for third-place finish at the rain-shortened John Hayt Collegiate Invitational after firing rounds of 71 and 69 to card a four-under par, 140. Paolini has tallied a 71.6 stroke average this season to go along with three top-five finishes, and four top-10’s, while firing a team-leading eight under-par rounds this year.

Rated 13th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, Paolini has already cemented his name in the Duke career record book, rankings among the school’s all-time leaders in stroke average (2nd - 72.27), rounds in the 60s (2nd - 24), even-par rounds (2nd – 20), top-five finishes (3rd – 11) and even-par or better rounds (t-2nd – 60).

Soegaard owns a 73.2 stroke average with a two top-10 finishes in his first year in Durham, highlighted by a tied for fourth place performance at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate during the fall. The Denmark native has carded seven under-par rounds this year, while hitting a team-high .731 percent of greens in regulation.

The Palmer Cup rankings will be next updated on April 3 and April 17. The six participants selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking will be announced on April 17 with the balance of both teams named the following week. 

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Team USA  
Rank Name Year School Percentile  
1 Michael Kim SO California 1  
2 Sean Dale SR North Florida 0.9974  
3 Daniel Berger SO Florida State 0.9939  
4 Patrick Rodgers SO Stanford 0.9914  
5 James Erkenbeck SR New Mexico 0.9913  
6 Trevor Simsby JR Washington 0.987  
7 Brinson Paolini SR Duke 0.9869  
8 Michael Weaver JR California 0.9853  
9 Justin Thomas SO Alabama 0.9836  
10 Cameron Wilson JR Stanford 0.9817  
11 Cody Gribble SR Texas 0.9817  
12 Evan Beck SR Wake Forest 0.9799  
13 T.J. Mitchell SR Georgia 0.9791  
14 Cory Whitsett JR Alabama 0.9757  
15 Chris Williams SR Washington 0.9757  
16 Brandon Hagy JR California 0.9714  
17 Bobby Wyatt JR Alabama 0.9712  
18 M.J. Maguire SO North Florida 0.9695  
19 Ollie Schniederjans SO Georgia Tech 0.9695  
20 Ti Keun Chang FR Southern California 0.9625  
21 Jace Long SR Missouri 0.9618  
22 Tyler McCumber SR Florida 0.9606  
23 Trey Mullinax JR Alabama 0.9605  
24 Anrew Yun SR Stanford 0.9596  
25 Max Homa SR California 0.9592  
Team Europe
Rank Name Year School Country Percentile
1 Pontus Widegren SR UCLA Sweden 0.993
2 Julien Brun SO TCU France 0.9871
3 Joel Stalter JR California France 0.9801
4 Greg Eason JR UCF England 0.9765
5 Pedro Figueiredo SR UCLA Portugal 0.9752
6 Kevin Phelan SR North Florida Ireland 0.9747
7 Scott Fernandez SO Iowa State Spain 0.9598
8 Jonathan Grey FR Georgia State England 0.9497
9 Victor Perez SO New Mexico France 0.9476
10 Pontus Gad SR TCU Sweden 0.9475
11 Daniel Jennevret SR TCU Sweden 0.9424
12 Sebastian Cappelen JR Arkansas Denmark 0.9382
13 Sebastian Soderberg SR Coastal Carolina Sweden 0.9346
14 David Boote FR Stanford Wales 0.9335
15 Toni Hakula JR Texas Finland 0.9272
16 Chris Robb JR Chattanooga Scotland 0.9222
17 Tom Berry SR San Diego State England 0.9184
18 Ben Stow JR Kentucky England 0.9123
19 Clement Sordet SO Texas Tech France 0.9011
20 Mads Soegaard FR Duke Denmark 0.8965
21 Jon Rahm FR Arizona State Spain 0.8958
22 Robin Sciot-Siegrist FR Louisville France 0.8828
23 Thomas Sorensen SO Arkansas Denmark 0.8783
24 Erik Oja JR Arizona Sweden 0.8759
25 Thomas Perrot FR Memphis France 0.871