NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Junior Julian Suri fired a six-under 66, while senior Spencer Anderson and junior Adam Sumrall each recorded two-under 70s on Saturday as Duke posted the second-best round of the day with a 10-under 278 to move into fifth place after 36 holes of play at the ACC Championship at Old North State Club. The Blue Devils climbed four spots on the leaderboard and enter tomorrow's final round at nine-under (567).
" It was nice to get into double digits [under-par] today," said head coach Jamie Green. "Certainly Georgia Tech is dissecting this golf course at another level, but it was nice to move up the leaderboard and get into the hunt. Julian was in a really good frame of mind today and that is certainly the bounce back you are looking for. It was nice have him be in that position, while Spencer and Adam continued to play solid golf and were able to finish a little bit more and fill in the gaps a little bit better today."
Defending champions Georgia Tech continues to set the pace at the Old North State with a -32 under 544, 11 shots better than second place Virginia. Florida State is third with a 559 (-17) and followed by Clemson (-11, 565), Duke (-9, 567), North Carolina (-7, 569), Virginia Tech (-6, 570), Maryland (-6, 570), N.C. State (-3, 573), Wake Forest (-2, 574) and Boston College (+22, 598).
Richie Werenski (Georgia Tech) holds the lead after two rounds of play with a nine-under 135 after firing a 66 on Saturday. He currently sits one shot ahead of Lee Bedford (Wake Forest), Denny McCarthy (Virginia) and Blake Redmond (Virginia Tech).
Suri put together a terrific round featuring eight birdies, eight pars and a pair of bogeys. He opened the day with birdies on No. 1 (par 5) and No. 2 (par 4) and added another birdie on No. 4 (par 5) to move to three-under. Suri suffered a bogey on the par 3 seventh hole but countered with his fourth birdie of the front nine on No. 8. After the turn, the St. Augustine, Fla., native ripped off four straight birdies to charge up the leaderboard and get to seven-under on the round. Suri parred the next four holes before dropping a stroke on the par 5 18th hole. With his 16th under-par round and the ninth round in the 60s this season, Suri surged into a tie for 13th on the leaderboard.
"There was not a huge difference out there today but my tempo was a lot better off the tee which allowed me to be aggressive on some holes I wasn't able to yesterday," said Suri. "Conditions were very similar to yesterday so I knew I needed to make a lot of birdies. It was nice to see some putts go in. I am looking forward to some of the same tomorrow."
Anderson collected his second under-par round of the tournament with a two-under 70 to move into a tie for 16th at three-under 141. The Pacific Palisades, Calif., native began the day with eight straight pars before getting into red figures with a birdie on the par 4 ninth hole. He fell back to even-par following a bogey on No. 13 but quickly recovered with a birdie on the 191-yard, par 3 14th hole. Following three more pars, Anderson capped the round with a birdie on No. 18 for the second straight day.
Sumrall continued his stellar play with a two-under 70 to move into a tie for 19th at 142 (-2). The junior from South Bend, Ind., opened with a birdie on No. 1 but made the turn at even-par after carding a bogey on No. 6. He collected seven pars and birdied both par 5s (No. 11 and No. 18) on the back nine for his second under-par rounds of the year. Sumrall has 28 pars, five birdies and three bogeys through the first two rounds of play.
Junior Brinson Paolini is tied for 26th after shooting an even-par 72 for the second straight day. He began the day with four pars before collecting a birdie on the 427-yard par 4 fifth hole. The Virginia Beach, Va., native dropped strokes on No. 6 and No. 8 to make the turn at one-over. Paolini recovered with birdies on No. 13 (par 4) and No. 16 (par 4) to move into red figures before suffering a bogey on the par 5 18th hole.
Austin Cody, a sophomore from North Charleston, S.C., is tied for 47th (+6) after recording a four-over 76 on Saturday. He had three birdies and nine pars in the round but also suffered five bogeys and a double-bogey on the day.
Duke opens final round play on Sunday at 10:10 a.m. and will be paired with Clemson and North Carolina. Live scoring for the event is available at www.golfstat.com. Live web streaming will be available for free on Sunday, April 22 (1:30pm to conclusion of play) on the ACC.com.
"It sounds like there could be some weather issues tomorrow that can make the course more challenging," said Green. "We aren't really going to have a number expectation going into the round, but I know our guys wouldn't mind it if the wind starting blowing and the rain is coming down. That will start to separate the field and the guys that are a little more tough-minded, patient and smart will be the guys that continue to move up the leaderboard."
*** Duke's 10-under 278 matched Clemson for second-lowest team score of the second round ... the 278 is also tied for the second lowest Blue Devil round at Old North State Club in ACC Championship play ... Duke has posted an under-par team score in 10 of the last 14 rounds at the course.
*** As a team, the Blue Devils had seven birdies on the opening five holes of play ... Duke was also five-under on the par 5s at Old North State Club on Saturday.
*** Suri moved into a tied for third in the Duke record books with nine rounds in the 60s this season ... he also slid into a tie for fourth in the single season record books with 16 under-par rounds ... he is tied for sixth at Duke with 19 rounds of even-par golf or better.
*** Suri birdied three of the four par 5s on Saturday and is now five-under on the par 5s at Old North State Club ... he has 12 birdies for the tournament with half of those coming on the par 5s.
*** Suri's team-low 66 marks the 16th time this season he has posted the low team round ... he has now recorded a counting team score in 28 of 29 rounds played ... the 66 was also tied for the second lowest score during the second round of play.
*** Suri is tied for third with 12 birdies through the first 36 holes of play ... Sumrall shares the tournament lead with 28 pars, while Paolini and Anderson rank among the leaders with 26 pars, apiece.
*** Anderson now has 10 under-par rounds and 14 rounds of even-par or better golf on the season ... he has posted a counting team score in all 20 rounds as a member of the lineup.
*** Sumrall has posted a counting team score in seven of his eight rounds while in the Duke lineup.
*** Paolini is second in the Duke career record books with 18 even-par rounds.
*** Paolini has shot even-par or better in six of his eight rounds at Old North State Club.