Second Round Results
NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Senior Julian Suri fired a six-under 66 to lead No. 9 Duke to a school-record tying 15-under 273 in the second round of the ACC Championship at Old North State Club. Seniors Brinson Paolini and Adam Sumrall posted rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, as Duke moved to within four shots of tournament leader Florida State.
"The course is in great shape and there is no doubt that when there is not a lot of wind and the greens aren't rock hard you can post some low scores," said head coach Jamie Green. "it is the kind of golf course that if you are playing smart and assertive you are going to make some birdies. I felt very good once these guys got off to a better start today that the golf course was there for the taking. They took advantage of those opportunities and I know we are really looking forward to the final round tomorrow."
Duke began the day tied for second and 11 shots behind the Seminoles before getting off to the fast start with seven birdies and two eagles over the first four holes of play. The Blue Devils carried the early momentum throughout the round en route to its lowest-round in ACC Championship play. The team finished the day with two eagles, 19 birdies and just six bogeys and one double-bogey.
Florida State, 14th in the Golfstat rankings, holds the 36-hole lead with a 25-under 551 with Duke second at 21-under (555). No. 7 Georgia Tech posted a 16-under 272 Saturday to move into third place at 20-under followed by Virginia Tech (-18, 558), Virginia (-10, 566), Wake Forest (-4, 572), Clemson (-3, 573), N.C. State (+4, 580), North Carolina (+4, 580), Maryland (+16, 592) and Boston College (+21, 597).
Anders Albertson holds the individual lead with an 11-under 133 with Chase Seiffert two shots back at nine-under (135). Suri enters tomorrow's final round tied for fifth with a seven-under 137, while Sumrall (-6) is tied for seventh and Paolini (-5) is tied for ninth.
"Julian's round was tremendous," commented Green. "He is one of those guys that loves this championships and this golf course. He feels comfortable here and that definitely showed today. He is dialed in. He feels good about his golf swing and I know he is in a really good place with his game."
Suri opened with a birdie on the par 5 first hole and added an eagle on the par 5 fourth hole to move to three-under. The Augustine, Fla., native added another birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at four-under. He continued to take advantage of the par 5s at Old North State Club with a birdie on No. 11 before suffering his lone bogey of the round on No. 14. Suri added a birdie on No. 16 before capping off the day with a birdie on the par 5 18th hole. He played the par 5s Saturday at five-under en route to the 66 (-6).
"I was able to keep the good vibes going from the end of my round yesterday," said Suri. "I kept my ball in play and made some good putts. I lost my concentration a little on the back nine but was able to regain my mojo following the bogey on No. 14. Overall, I am really pleased with our great team score today and looking forward to tomorrow's final round."
Paolini played bogey-free golf en route to a four-under 68. He began the day with an long eagle putt on No. 1 and added a birdie on the par 5 fourth hole to move to three-under. Following six straight pars, Paolini trimmed another stroke with a birdie on the par 5 11th hole. The Virginia Beach, Va., native closed the day with seven straight pars to extend his bogey-free run to 27 holes.
"I played really steady golf today and gave myself a lot of good looks," Paolini said. "I am looking forward to capitalizing on a few more tomorrow. This is what we have practiced for all year and we are ready to commit to the process and have a great day tomorrow."
For the second straight day, Sumrall posted a three-under 69. The South Bend, Ind., native recorded 15 pars and added birdies on No. 2, No. 5 and No. 10 for his fifth straight even-par or better round at Old North State Club. Sumrall has played 34 straight holes without a bogey. The lone blemish on his score card through two rounds was a double-bogey on his second hole of the tournament.
Junior Austin Cody was the lone Blue Devil to start slowly Saturday with a double-bogey on No. 2. He recovered with three birdies on the front nine to make the turn at even-par. Cody played error-free golf on the back nine with seven pars and birdies on No. 12 and No. 18 to cap off a two-under 70. He is now tied for 31st with a one-over 145.
Freshman Mads Soegaard posted an even-par 72 in the second round with four birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys. He is tied for 19th overall with a one-under 143 after 36 holes of play.
Final round action begins Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Duke, paired in the final groupings with tournament leader Florida State and three-time defending champions Georgia Tech, hits the course at 11:10 a.m. Live scoring, tee times and course stats are available at www.golfstat.com.
The ACC Digital Network will provide live video, beginning at 2:30 p.m., of the final holes of the ACC Championship Sunday at http://theacc.co/MGolfWatchLive.
*** Duke has shot under-par in 14 of its last 20 rounds at Old North State Club.
*** Saturday's 15-under 273 is Duke's best round in ACC Championship play ... the 273 (-15) matches the school record for lowest round ... Duke also shot a 273 (-15) at the Duke University Golf Club in the 2007 Coca-Cola Duke Golf Classic.
*** Duke's 21-under 555 is the best 36-hole score in school history ... Suri's seven-under 137 is tied for the eighth-best individual 36-hole score in school history.
*** Duke played the par 5s at 13-under in the second round ... the Blue Devils had two eagles and nine birdies.
*** Suri's six-under 66 is tied for Duke's second-best round in ACC Championship history ... Suri also shot a 66 in the second round of the 2012 ACC Championship.
*** Suri moved into the third place tie in the Duke record books with 21 career rounds in the 60s ... he has 12 under-par rounds and four rounds in the 60s this season.
*** Paolini has now shot even-par or better in eight of 11 rounds at Old North State Club ... Saturday's four-under 68 was his fourth round in the 60s at the course.
*** Paolini now has 26 career rounds in the 60s and 66 career under-par rounds to rank second at Duke in both categories ... he has a team-high 14 under-par rounds and six rounds in the 60s this season.
*** Sumrall has shot even-par or better in all five career rounds at Old North State Club ... he has eight under-par rounds on the season.