DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s golf team, ranked 15th in the preseason Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, fired rounds of 288 and 295 Saturday at Finley Golf Course on the opening day of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. Freshman Max Greyserman paced the Blue Devils with back-to-back rounds of 71, while freshman Alexander Matlari and junior Michael Ricaurte each posted rounds of 71 and 74.
Georgia Tech fired rounds of 283 and 281 to grab a 15-shot lead heading into the final round. NC State is second with a three-over 579 and followed by UNC Greensboro (+6, 582), Duke (+7, 583) and host North Carolina (+7, 283) in the top five.
Seth Reeves (Georgia Tech) holds the individual lead by one stroke after firing a pair of 69s Saturday. Richy Werenski (Georgia Tech) is second at five-under and followed by Brandon Dalinka (North Carolina) at three-under. Greyserman and Roy Dixon (UNCG) are tied for fourth at two-under.
Greyserman got off to a strong start in the opening round with three birdies over his first four holes of play. Opening up on No. 5, he began his college career with a par before collecting birdies on No. 6 (par 5), No. 7 (par 4) and No. 8 (par 3). Following a bogey on No. 11, Greyserman recorded his fourth birdie of the round on the par 3 12th hole. He suffered a bogey on No. 16 before quickly moving to four-under on the day with an eagle on the par 5 17th. Greyserman staggered down the stretch with bogeys on No. 18, No. 1 and No. 3 before closing with a par to finish the opening round with a one-under 71.
In the afternoon session, Greyserman birdied No. 7 before slipping to two-over with a bogey on No. 8 and a double-bogey on No. 10. The Short Hills, N.J., native climbed back to even-par with birdies on No. 16 and No. 17 before suffering back-to-back bogeys on No. 18 and No. 1. Greyserman closed with a flourish in the second round collecting an eagle on the 560-yard, par 5 third hole and a birdie on No. 4 for his second straight round of 71.
Matlari opened his collegiate career with a birdie on the par 5 6th hole and added another birdie on No. 9 to move to two-under through four holes. After suffering a bogey on No. 12, he rattled off 11 straight pars for a one-under 71. The Leisen, Germany, native continued to play solid golf in the second round finishing with a two-over 74. He carded a pair of birdies in the round but also had a double-bogey along with a pair of bogeys over his final four holes of play. Matlari is tied for 12th overall with a one-over 145 after 36 holes of play.
Ricaurte is also tied for 12th after rounds of 71 and 74. After slipping to three-over after six holes of play in the opening round, he responded with four birdies and eight pars to finish under-par for the first time in his career. Ricaurte added five more birdies in the second round of play but also suffered three double-bogeys and a bogey en route to a two-over 74.
Junior Turner Southey-Gordon is tied for 55th after posting rounds of 75-78 Saturday. The Ontario, Canada, native recorded four birdies but also suffered four bogeys and a triple-bogey in the opening round of play. Southey-Gordon never got on track in the second round of play finishing with one birdie, 11 pars, five bogeys and a double-bogey.
Andrew Bieber, a freshman from Cleveland, Ohio, carded a six-over 78 in the first round at Finley Golf Club before coming back with a 76 in the afternoon. He enters the final round tied for 60th.
Senior Yaroslav Merkulov is tied for 43rd with a seven-over 151. He carded a three-over 75 in round one before closing the day with 14 pars and four bogeys for a 76 in the afternoon session. Merkulov, a native of Penfield, N.Y., is competing as an individual. Austin Cody, also competing as an individual, posted rounds of 79 and 87 Saturday.
Complete results and leaderboards for the Tar Heel Intercollegiate are available at www.golfstat.com. Duke opens final round play Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and will be paired with North Carolina and East Carolina.