NEW LONDON, N.C. -- Senior Spencer Anderson fired an opening round 71 (-1) on Friday to pace Duke to a one-over 289 in the ACC Championship at Old North State Club. The Blue Devils are ninth overall heading into Saturday's second round of play.
"We got off to a solid enough start to put a good round together and it is pretty clear when you look at the top of the leaderboard that it was out there for the taking," said head coach Jamie Green. "The golf course is in immaculate shape and the greens are great. If you got the read right and started it on line it was going to go in, it is that kind of set up right now. We just made it harder than it needed to be. The guys were certainly eager and excited to get out there and get things going. In the middle of the round we had a mishit here or missed up and down there and got a little bit tight. These guys have played well so there is no reason for one day to lose a tournament. They know their games and this golf course is all about keeping it in play and giving yourself a look at it."
Georgia Tech holds the first round lead after blistering the course for an 18-under 270. The Yellow Jackets have a six-shot advantage over Virginia (-12, 276). Florida State is third at nine-under (279) and followed by North Carolina (-6, 282), Wake Forest (-3, 285), Maryland (-1, 287), Clemson (-1, 287), Virginia Tech (E, 288), Duke (+1, 289), N.C. State (+3, 291) and Boston College (+17, 305). The 270 team score by Georgia Tech is the second lowest team one-day round total since the current format began in 1980. In 2006, Georgia Tech shot a 267 team score in the second round at the Old North State Club.
Daniel Berger (Florida State), Bo Andrews (Georgia Tech) and Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech) share the opening round lead after posting six-under 66s on Friday. Lee Bedford (Wake Forest), Ben Kohles (Virginia) and Ben Rusch (Virginia) are each one shot back.
Anderson got off to a terrific start with an eagle on the par 5 first hole before suffering bogeys on No. 4 and No. 7 to make the turn at even-par. He added a birdie on the par 4 10th hole and followed up with six straight pars before sliding back to even-par with a bogey on No. 17. Anderson birdied the par 5 18th hole to close the day tied for 18th at one-under.
Juniors Brinson Paolini and Adam Sumrall are tied for 26th after posting even-par 72s on Friday. Both players recorded two birdies, 14 pars and two bogeys in the round. Paolini opened the day with a birdie on No. 1 and capped it off with a birdie on the par 5 18th hole. Sumrall also birdied a pair of par 5s (No. 4 and No. 11) in his round.
Julian Suri, a junior from St. Augustine, Fla., posted a two-over 74 in the opening round and is tied for 34th. He started strong with birdies on the par 5 first and fourth holes before suffering back-to-back bogeys on No. 7 and No. 8. Suri, the ninth-ranked player in the country, moved back into red figures with a birdie on the par 5 11th hole. He went bogey-birdie-bogey on No. 13-15 to slip back to even-par and had a double-bogey on the par 3 17th hole before closing with a par on No. 18.
Sophomore Austin Cody enjoyed the best start of the round among the Blue Devils before running into trouble in the middle portion of the day. The North Charleston, S.C., native birdie the par 5 first hole and added birdie on No. 5 (par 4) and No. 7 (par 3) to get to three-under on the round. He faltered with four straight bogeys beginning a No. 8 and also suffered bogeys on No. 14 and No. 16 to slip to three-over. Cody closed with a birdie on No. 18 to close with a two-over 74.
Duke opens second play on Saturday at 9:10 a.m. and will be paired with Virginia Tech and Clemson. Live scoring for the event is available at www.golfstat.com. Live web streaming will be available for free on Saturday, April 21 (1:30pm to conclusion of play) and Sunday, April 22 (1:30pm to conclusion of play) on the ACC.com.
*** Anderson has now posted a counting team score in all 19 rounds as a member of the lineup ... he had his ninth under-par round of the season on Friday.
*** Anderson was one of 25 players to finish under-par on Friday.
*** Paolini moved into second place in the Duke record books with 17 career even-par rounds ... he is also now seventh at Duke with 48 rounds of even-par or better golf.
*** Paolini has now shot even-par or better in five of his seven ACC Championship rounds at Old North State Club.
*** Sumrall has shot even-par in two of his last three rounds ... he has shot even-par or better in four of the last seven rounds played.
*** Paolini and Sumrall are tied for second with 14 pars apiece.
*** Suri is tied for third in par 5 scoring (-3, 4.25).
*** Duke's one-over 289 matched last seasons ACC Championship opening round and is just the Blue Devils' fourth over-par round at the course in the last four years ... Duke has not had more than one over-par team score at the ACC Championship since 2005 when the Blue Devils claimed the team title.
*** Duke played the par 5s at Old North State Club at 11-under on Friday ... In contrast the Blue Devils were seven-over on both the par 3s and par 4s.