NEW LONDON, N.C. -- The Duke men's golf team posted a two-over 290 Sunday to close out the 2014 ACC Championship 10th overall with a 54-hole score of 884 (+20) at Old North State Club. Junior Turner Southey-Gordon and freshman Max Greyserman led the way in the final round with scores of 70 (-2) and 71 (-1), respectively.
"It was nice to see Turner and Max not just get it under-par but to also keep it there despite bumps in the road here or there," said head coach Jamie Green. "They both showed the determination we talked about as a team after yesterday's round. Both of them stayed focused throughout the day."
Fifth-ranked Georgia Tech, behind the play of individual champion Ollie Schniederjans, shot a 54-hole 25 -under-par 839 to capture the 2014 ACC Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club. The Yellow Jackets grew their two-stroke lead following day two by shooting a 15-under par 273 on the final day. The team’s final score of 839 was 16 strokes ahead of second place Florida State.
The 19th-ranked Seminoles, who led after day one, finished with a three-round total of 845, 19-under par. Clemson (851) came in third, followed by Virginia Tech (857), Virginia (862), Wake Forest (864), Notre Dame (872), North Carolina (876), NC State (882), Duke (884), Maryland (885) and Boston College (887).
Schniederjans took home the individual ACC championship with a low score of 204, five shots better than teammate Anders Albertson and Virginia's Denny McCarthy. Florida State's Hank Lebioda and Jack Maguire rounded out the top five at six-under (210).
Southey-Gordon opened the final round with a pair of pars before climbing into red figures with birdies on No. 3 and No. 5. The Toronto native made the turn at one-under after suffering a bogey on No. 8. He added a birdie on the par 4 13th hole before dropping a stroke on No. 16. Southey-Gordon recovered with a birdie on the challenging par 3 17th hole and capped off the tournament with a par on the final hole. He finished tied for 40th with a seven-over 223.
Greyserman posted his best round of the tournament Sunday with a one-under 71. The Short Hills, N.J., native carded five birdie on the round for his third under-par round of the season. He moved under-par with a birdie on the par 5 fourth hole before suffering bogeys on No. 5 and No. 7. Greyserman rebounded with birdies on No. 8 and No. 11 to get back to one-under before carding a bogey on the par 3 14th hole. He closed out the event with a birdie-bogey-birdie stretch to finish tied for 51st with a 10-over 226.
Austin Cody, a senior from South Carolina, closed the tournament tied for 28th with a three-over 219 after carding a 74 (+2) in the final round. He suffered a double-bogey on No. 2 before settling in with seven straight pars. Following a bogey on No. 10, Cody birdied the par 5 11th hole and added three more pars before dropping back to three-over with a bogey on No. 15. He capped off the tournament with a birdie on the par 5 18th hole.
"There are very few golfers that have committed more time to the sport than Austin," said Green. "It was nice to see him finish his college career with a birdie on the last hole. Right down to the last few shots he hit, he was going to do his best to help the team."
Sophomore Motin Yeung recorded a three-over 75 Sunday to finish tied for 35th with a six-over 222. He got off to a strong start with four birdies over the first six holes but also suffered a pair of bogeys in that stretch. Yeung made the turn at one-under following a bogey on No. 9 but was unable to rebound en route to shooting a four-over 40 on the back nine.
Alexander Matlari, a freshman from Germany, got off to a slow start in the final round with four bogeys over the opening six holes. He recovered to par the next 11 holes before a bogey on No. 18 left him with a four-over 76. Matlari closed out the tournament with a nine-over 225.
"There were periods of growth throughout the year and in this tournament," concluded Green. "I know the place finish wasn't what we were looking for. We had a couple under-par rounds on the first day and again today but unfortunately we just couldn't cap it off with four solid enough rounds. We had too many mid to high rounds this year which moved us back in the pack. We are fortunate to be in an elite conference with terrific programs and players. We are excited about our returning players next year. They will be seasoned veterans that understand the level of work ethic and practice time it takes to sharpen what has to be improved."