DURHAM, NC -- The Duke men's golf team returns to action March 10-11 in the General Hackler Championship at the TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C. The Blue Devils will play 36 holes on the opening day of the event Monday before an 18-hole final round Tuesday.
Sophomore Motin Yeung headlines a Duke lineup that also includes freshmen Alex Matlari and Max Greyserman as well as junior Michael Ricaurte and senior Austin Cody. Yeung leads the Blue Devils in stroke average (72.4), under-par rounds (5), even-par or better rounds (7) and top 10 finishes (2). The Beijing, China, native is coming off a third place finish at The Farms Collegiate Invitational.
Matlari boasts a 74.1 stroke average with four under-par rounds and a pair of even-par efforts on the young season. He has a pair of top 20 finishes, while posting a counting team score in 11 of 12 rounds played. Greyserman holds a 74.4 stroke average with three under-par rounds and a top 5 finish at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. The Short Hills, N.J., native has played in all five team tournaments and posted a counting team score in all 15 rounds.
Ricaurte and Cody bring experience to the lineup for head coach Jamie Green. Ricaurte has a 76.9 stroke average with three under-par rounds. Cody has been a mainstay in the lineup throughout his career and enters the event with 99 career rounds played. He struggled early in the year after making a swing change but has a 73.5 stroke average in his last two rounds played.
Duke is joined in the tournament by host Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Iowa State, Kent State, Lamar, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, Northern Illinois and UNC Wilmington. The Blue Devils open play Monday with a 9 am shotgun start and will be paired with Lamar and Louisville.
The TPC Myrtle Beach (6,950 yards, par 72), site of the General Hackler Championship in 10 of the last 11 years, is a Tom Fazio and Lanny Wadkins design featuring bent grass greens and Bermuda grass-rye grass fairways.
Duke has played in the General Hackler Championship four previous times with top five finishes in 2007 (4th) and 2008 (3rd).