DURHAM, N.C. – The 18th-ranked Duke men’s golf team opens its season this weekend when it hosts the ninth annual Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Club.
The 54-hole event will feature 36 holes of play on Saturday and an 18-hole final round on Sunday, with tee times beginning at 7:35 a.m. ET on Saturday and 7:55 a.m. ET on Sunday. The Duke University Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and is a 7,154-yard layout. The event is open to the public, with free parking and admission.
Joining the Blue Devils in the 13-team field will be Cincinnati, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Florida Southern, No. 25 Florida State, Liberty, Nebraska, No. 22 North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Penn State, Princeton and Virginia Tech.
"Not all college teams host a college golf tournament, so this is always very special for us," said head coach Jamie Green. "We have a strong field and this tournament has always been a place for future stars -- we had five former winners of our tournament all playing down the road in the Wyndham Championship a few weeks ago. I don't think people realize the talent of the teams we have in town."
The Blue Devils reached the NCAA semifinals last season, and return four key contributors from that squad in senior Alex Smalley, junior Chandler Eaton, and sophomores Adrien Pendaries and Evan Katz.
When Duke debuts on Saturday, Green will start with Smalley holding the No. 1 position, followed by sophomore Qi wen Wong at No. 2, Pendaries at No. 3, Eaton at No. 4 and senior Shrish Dwivedi at No. 5. Katz, junior Steven DiLisio, junior Harrison Taee and freshmen Quinn Riley and Arthur Luetkemeyer will compete as individuals.
"Alex has just grown in ability and stature to the point where he is looked at in college circles as one of the elite college golfers," said Green. "He's earned that position."
Live scoring for the Rod Myers Invitational can be found at www.golfstat.com.
Duke has hosted an intercollegiate men’s golf tournament for the past 45 years, and the event was rebranded in 2010 as a tribute to longtime head coach Rod Myers. Passing away in 2007 after a battle with an acute form of leukemia, Myers guided the Blue Devils to 30 tournament wins, the 2005 ACC championship and seven NCAA Championships appearances during his 34-year tenure at the helm of the program.
A highly-respected member of both the Duke and national golf communities, Myers mentored 16 All-Americans, nine Academic All-Americans, 24 All-ACC selections and three ACC individual champions at Duke.
"To honor Rod in this way, and to have his wife Nancy here is always very special," said Green. "It's a special thing to host a tournament on your home course, honoring a coach that was a legend. The tournament is as much about highlighting Duke, and our golf program and our course as it is setting a tone for the year. The staff here at the Duke Golf Club does a remarkable job. The course will be a tremendous showcase for college golf this weekend."
Duke claimed back-to-back Rod Myers Invitational titles in 2011 and 2012 with former Blue Devil Julian Suri winning the individual medal both years.