PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLA. – The ninth-ranked Duke men’s golf team posted a second place finish in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, as the final round of the tournament at Sawgrass Country Club was cancelled Tuesday due to inclement weather in the area. The Blue Devils finished the 36-hole tournament with a five-under 571, 12 shots behind the winner and host North Florida.
North Florida (-17) and Duke (-5) are the only schools to finish the tournament with an under-par score. Central Florida finished in third-place with a nine-over 585, while Arkansas, North Texas, Florida and LSU finished tied for fourth place at 11-over par.
Kevin Phelan (North Florida) earned the title of the tournament with a 13-under 131, while Duke’s Brinson Paolini and Austin Cody along with Central Florida's Ricardo Gouveia tied for third at four-under (140).
After posting a first round 71, Paolini posted his fourth round in the 60s this season Monday after carding a 69. His round Monday was highlighted by an eagle at the par 5 eighth hole.
Cody fired two consecutive rounds of 70 to finish the tournament at four-under. A native of North Charleston, S.C., Cody holed out a wedge on the par 5 eleventh for eagle during Monday’s second round, finishing the tournament with one eagle and seven birdies.
In his first round of the week, senior Adam Sumrall posted a 71, while recording two birdies, 15 pars and one bogey on the day to close the round tied for 17th. Despite a consistent opening round, the senior struggled in the second round, posting a three-over par 75 to finish the event in a tie for 20th at 2-over par, 146.
After matching his career-low score of 70 in the first round of play, freshman and Denmark native Mads Soegaard posted a 78 in the second round to finish tied for 31st at four-over 148.
Senior Julian Suri finished tied for 43rd after posting two consecutive rounds of 75. Over the two days, the 2012 All-American finished with five birdies, three bogeys and four double bogeys.
Playing as an individual, Michael Ricaurte finished tied for 71st at 12-over after recording rounds of 77 and 79.
Up next, the Blue Devils will compete at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters which will be played at the Southern Highlands Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 8-10.