DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men's golf team, coming off its third win of the season at the Hootie at Bulls Bay, returns to action April 6-7 at the Aggie Invitational. The 54-hole event will be played at the par 72, 7,146 yard Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
The 12-team tournament field features of nine teams listed in the top 25 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, including the No. 8 Blue Devils. Duke is joined in the event by No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Washington, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 15 LSU, No. 17 Arkansas, No. 20 Kent State and No. 23 Texas A&M as well as North Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
Head coach Jamie Green will send a lineup consisting of freshman Motin Yeung, senior Brinson Paolini, senior Julian Suri, junior Austin Cody and freshman Mads Soegaard. Junior Yaroslav Merkulov will also be in action as an individual.
Yeung returns to the lineup for the first time since the Rod Myers Invitational. He has a 72.9 stroke average while finishing in the top 20 in three of his four events this season. Yeung opened his Duke career with a tie for third finish at the Tar Heel Invitational in September.
Paolini boasts a team-best 72.1 stroke average while finishing in the top 20 in all seven events. He also leads the Blue Devils with 11 rounds of even-par or better golf including nine under-par outings. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also has three top 5 finishes and currently tied for eighth in the latest Palmer Cup standings.
Suri, a native of St. Augustine, Fla., shares the team lead with nine under-par rounds to go along with a 73.3 stroke average. He is coming off a tie for 17th finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay and is rounding back into form after struggling at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters. Suri has five top 20 finishes this season, including a tie for first at the Rod Myers Invitational.
Cody is coming off the top finish of his career, placing second at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. He owns a 73.4 stroke average with a pair of top 5 finishes. Cody shot a closing round 67 at the Hootie to help Duke secure the team title.
Soegaard finished tied for third at the Hootie and sports a 73.0 stroke average. The Ikast, Denmark, native has eight under-par rounds on the season with three top 10 finishes. He is currently ranked 14th in the European Palmer Cup standings.
Merkulov has played just one round on the year as he works his way back from a wrist injury. He won the Blue Devils qualifying competition to secure his spot in the field.
As a team, Duke has won tournament titles at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate, Rod Myers Invitational and Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The Blue Devils have shot under-par eight times on the year with a season low 278 (-10) in the final round of the Rod Myers Invitational.
Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday with opening round tee times beginning at 8:30 am (ET) off No. 1 and No. 10. Sunday's 18-hole final round will also begin at 8:30 am (ET) with an awards ceremony following the completion of play.
The Traditions Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2004 and has played host to men's and women's NCAA regionals as well as the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championship.
Live scoring for the event will be available at www.golfstat.com.