PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The ninth-ranked Duke men's golf team remains in second place after posting a one-over 289 in the second round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club Monday. The Blue Devils enter Tuesday's final round with a five-under 571, 12 shots behind leader and host North Florida (-17, 559).
North Florida (-17) and Duke (-5) are the only two teams under-par heading into the final round of play. Central Florida is third overall with a nine-over 585, while Arkansas, North Texas, Florida and LSU are all tied for fourth place at 11-over. Monday's second round of play featured several delays with standing water on the course as well as lightening in the area.
Kevin Phelan (North Florida) holds the tournament lead with a 13-under 131 with teammate Sean Dale four shots back at nine-under. Duke's Brinson Paolini and Austin Cody along with Central Florida's Ricardo Gouveia enter the final round tied third at four-under (140).
"It was great to have Brinson and Austin play well today," said head coach Jamie Green. "The conditions were tough and there was a lot of stopping and starting. I know our guys a little disappointed that we did not make up a little ground on North Florida, but it is a credit to North Florida. They know this golf course well and are playing it aggressively. We are by no means out of this tournament. We have guys playing well and we are looking forward to tomorrow. We have been very close to a really good team round and I know they would love to have that opportunity tomorrow and see what we can do."
Paolini, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., fired a three-under 69 on Monday for his fourth round in the 60s this season. He kicked off his round with a bogey at No. 2, but pulled back into the red numbers after making a birdie at No. 7, followed up by sinking a 15-foot putt for eagle at the par 5 eighth hole. After making the turn in 34, Paolini carded six pars, two birdies and a bogey over the final nine holes to move up the leaderboard. Paolini now shares the team lead with six under-par rounds this season.
A day after firing a two-under 70, Cody opened his second round with only three pars on the front side. Cody dropped shots at No. 4, No. 6 and No. 9, but made birdies at the par 3 third, par 4 fifth and par 5 ninth hole to post an even-par 36. On the back side, Cody came out hot, holing out a wedge on the par 5 eleventh for eagle before carding a birdie at No. 14 to take his round to three-under. After bogeys at No. 15 and No. 17, Cody ended the day with a birdie on the par 5 18th hole to post another two-under par 70.
Senior All-American Julian Suri looked to rebound from an opening round 75 and started his second round with three pars on the first three holes before making a birdie on the par 5 fourth hole. Suri dropped two shots when he made a double-bogey 6 on No. 5, but responded with 10 consecutive pars. On No. 16, Suri made a double-bogey and carded a second consecutive three-over par, 75. Suri, 36th in the Golfstat individual rankings, has been hindered by four double-bogeys over the first two rounds of play.
Senior Adam Sumrall had a consistent opening round on Sunday with 15 pars en route to a one-under 71, but had a more up and down day in Monday's second round. The South Bend, Ind., native made three bogeys on the opening nine, but also had birdies on No. 3 and No. 8 to make the turn with a 37.
Sumrall dropped a shot at the par 3 twelfth, but responded with a birdie on No. 13 to pull his round back to one-over on the day. After three consecutive pars, Sumrall struggled down the stretch bogeying No. 17 and No. 18 to post a 75.
Freshman Mads Soegaard got off to a slow start, dropping three shots in the first two holes before bogeying No. 5 to fall to four-over on the day. Soegaard, a native of Ikast, Denmark, settled in to birdie No. 8 and No. 12, but dropped shots on No. 13, No. 16 and No. 17 to finish with a six-over par, 78.
Playing as an individual, Michael Ricaurte enters the final round in a tie for 73rd at 12-over after posting a seven-over 79 in the second round.
The final round of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational is slated to begin Tuesday with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Duke will be paired with leader North Florida and Central Florida for the final round of play. Live hole-by-hole scoring and complete results for the event are available at www.golfstat.com.
Tuesday's final round could be met with more challenging weather as rain and heavy winds are expected throughout the day in the Ponte Vedra Beach area.