ACC Championship Results
NEW LONDON, N.C. -- The Duke men's golf team, No. 9 in the latest Golfstat rankings, posted a final round 284 (-4) Sunday in rain soaked conditions at Old North State Club to overcome a four-shot deficit and capture the 2013 ACC Championship. Junior Austin Cody recorded birdies on No. 13, No. 14 and No. 16 to lead the back nine surge that gave Duke's its first ACC title since 2005.
“The guys on our team loved the opportunity today,” said head coach Jamie Green. “In practice this is what you tell your players they’re working for. It was a lot of fun on the back nine out there. There were some birdies made and some nip and tuck, but when you got to that final hour, it was just a survival test.”
With a steady rain throughout the day turning into downpour conditions over the final three holes of play, Duke battled back from a late round three-stroke deficit to claim the tournament crown with a school-record 25-under 839. No. 14 Florida State, the 18 and 36 hole leader, finished tied for second with Virginia Tech at 22-under. Defending champions Georgia Tech finished fourth at 13-under followed by Clemson (859), Virginia (862), North Carolina (869), Wake Forest (872), N.C. State (881), Maryland (883) and Boston College (896).
Duke and Florida State engaged in a back-and-forth battle for the league crown throughout the day with Virginia Tech climbing into the mix and Georgia Tech hanging around through the first 14 holes of the day. Cody's back nine play with six pars and three birdies keyed the Blue Devils despite heavy rains and wind late in the round. Duke suffered a handful of bogeys in the downpour conditions, but made several key pars saves and avoided the big numbers that plagued Florida State and Georgia Tech down the stretch.
Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech claimed individual medalist honors with a 15-under 201 to finish five shots better than Mikey Moyers (Virginia Tech) and Chase Seiffert (Florida State). Duke senior Adam Sumrall placed fifth with an eight-under 208, while classmates Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri were tied for seventh at five-under (211).
Sumrall and Cody paced the Blue Devils Sunday with two-under 70s, while Paolini and freshman Mads Soegaard posted even-par 72s. Suri, playing in the final group of the day, posted a two-over 74. He was two-under in the round after birdies on No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, before dropping four strokes while playing in the worst weather conditions of the final round.
Sumrall carded four birdies, including three on the opening nine holes of play, en route to his three straight under-par round of the event. The South Bend, Ind., native finished the tournament with just three over-par holes, while posting a career-best 208 (-8). He now has three top 5 finishes and nine rounds of under-par golf this season.
Cody opened the day with a bogey and made the turn at one-over before turning things around. After clawing back to one-under with birdies on No. 13 and No. 14, he sank a 40-foot putt on No. 16 and made a pair of pars putts from inside 10 feet to cap of the round. Cody concluded the ACC Championship tied for 17th with a one-under 215.
"It was a tough day the whole back nine," said Cody. "I knew it was going to play tough so I stayed patient and took what the course gave me. It is an awesome feeling with the seniors here because I know how bad they wanted to win an ACC Championship. We all played great and it's a great feeling to know that all the hard work we put in has payed off."
Paolini, a Virginia Beach, Va., native, record his third top 10 finish in the ACC Championship at Old North State Club. He played steady golf throughout Sunday in recording his team-leading 17th round of even-par or better golf. With the even-par 72, Paolini also matched the Duke career record with 21 career even-par rounds.
"It is so special to be able to share this win with the other seniors," Paolini said. "We've grown really close over our four years and this is the perfect way for us to go out."
Soegaard got off to a terrific start in the final round back-to-back birdies. Following a bogey on No. 3, he added birdies on No. 6 and No. 8 to make the turn at three-under. Soegaard dropped a stroke on No. 10 but recovered with six straight pars. He ended the day with back-to-back bogeys as the wind and rain picked up late in the afternoon. Soegaard wrapped up his first ACC Championship with a one-under 215 to tie for 17th.
Duke returns to action May 16-18 with NCAA Regional Championship play. Regional locations and seedings will be announced May 6.
“I owe a lot to Rod Myers (former Duke coach) and his staff who built this program,” said Green. “O.D. Vincent was there a short time before I came and he recruited some of these players, especially the seniors. I was fortunate enough to walk in and have some good players. We built a little bit on that and I think we have a very deep team, where a lot of guys can go into the lineup and perform well.”
*** Duke claimed its seventh ACC Men's Golf Championship ... Duke won the first ACC Championship in 1954 and added titles in 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966 and 2005.
*** Duke recorded its fifth win in the Carolinas ... the Blue Devils have won four events in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.
*** Duke's 25-under 839 set a school record for lowest 54-hole score ... it marks just the fifth time in program history the team has shot at least 20-under par.
*** Duke has shot under-par in the last seven ACC Championships at Old North State Club ... the Blue Devils have shot under-par in 15 of the last 21 rounds at the course.
*** Sumrall's eight-under 208 is the second-lowest Duke round in ACC Championship history ... he shot even-par or better in all six of his career rounds at Old North State Club.
*** Paolini has finished in the top 20 of all 10 stroke play events ... he also leads the Blue Devils six top 10 finishes ... Paolini's 10 top 10 finishes are tied for third-most in a season at Duke.
*** Paolini and Suri are tied for third at Duke with 18 career top 10 finishes and 27 career top 20 finishes.
*** Duke's four-under 284 Sunday was tied for the lowest round of the day.
*** Duke finished under-par in all three rounds and now has 13 under-par team rounds on the season.
*** All five Blue Devils finished in the top 20 for the first time this season.
*** Head coach Jamie Green now has 27 coaching victories, including 10 at Duke.