OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - Duke posted an 11-over 291 for the second straight day to slip into a tie for seventh at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational. Senior Brinson Paolini paced the Blue Devils with a two-under 68 and is now in third place just one shot off the lead heading into the final round of play.
"It is a lot of positioning on this golf course," said head coach Jamie Green. "There are times where if you get yourself above the hole that it is pretty tough to get everything just right and score well from. I think we can do a little bit better job of positioning the ball, but as a group we are not very far back from near the top of the leaderboard. There are a lot of teams within a few shots and if we are making good decisions, respecting the golf course and putting it in a place that we can attack and be more aggressive I think we can do something good tomorrow."
Arkansas continues to hold the tournament lead after posting a two-under 278 on Monday. The Razorbacks (+1, 561) enter Tuesday's final round with an 12-shot lead over Auburn (+13, 573). Northwestern and Florida State share the third spot at +18 (578), followed by Oklahoma State (+20, 580), Florida (+21, 581), Duke (+22, 582), Stanford (+22, 582), SMU (+28, 588) and Indiana (+31, 591). Clemson and Illinois are tied for 11th at 32-over (592) with Augusta State (+33, 593) and Purdue (+36, 596) rounding out the leaderboard.
Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas) fired a three-under 67 in the second round to take a one-stroke lead over Paolini heading into the final round. Taylor Moore (Arkansas) and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) are tied for third at even-par, while Joe Doramus (Arkansas) and Nicholas Losole (Northwestern) are tied for fifth at one-over.
Paolini opened the second round with three straight pars before dropping to two-over following bogeys on No. 4 and No. 7. He began to turn around the round with a birdie on the par-4 eighth hole and added a birdie on No. 11 to get back to even-par. The Virginia Beach, Va., native parred No. 12-14 before adding birdies on the par-4 15th and 17th holes to get to two-under. Paolini closed the day with a par for a two-under 68 and his 22nd career rounds in the 60s.
"I have been playing a game against par all week," said Paolini. "It has really kept me calm and in the present. I'm looking forward to being in contention tomorrow and having the opportunity to learn and get better."
Julian Suri, a senior from St. Augustine, Fla., played a steady round of golf en route to an two-over 72. He parred the first six holes of the day before adding a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole. After making the turn at one-under, he ran into some trouble with bogeys on No. 10, No. 11 and No. 13. Suri recovered to close out the day with five straight pars, and enters the final round tied for 14th with a four-over 144.
Senior Adam Sumrall had an eventful round en route to a four-over 74. The South Bend, Ind., native started slowly with a bogey on No. 2 and a double-bogey, bogey stretch on No. 5 and No. 6 to slip to four-over on the day. He bounced back with a birdie on the par-5 seventh hole but bogeyed No. 9 and suffered his second double-bogey of the day on No. 10 to fall to six-over. Following a birdie on the par-4 11th hole, Sumrall trimmed two more shots off his score with a hole-in-one on the 220-yard, par-3 12th hole. Sumrall's five iron approach on No. 12 landed about 15 feet in front of the pin, bounced once and then rolled in for his second ace in tournament competition as a Blue Devil. Sumrall bogeyed the following hole but returned to three-over with a birdie on the par-3 14th hole. After a bogey on No. 15, he capped the day with three straight pars. Sumrall is currently tied for 47th with an 11-over 151 through 36 holes of play.
"The hole-in-one swing felt very pure," said Sumrall. "It was a great shot that fortunately went in. All hole-in-ones need a little luck and I wasn't completely sure it went in until a volunteer put his hands up behind the green. Today's round was a little uneven so I had to stay steady and keep emotionally level with so many different numbers on the card."
Mads Soegaard, a freshman from Denmark, struggled en route to a seven-over 77 in the second round. He carded two birdies, but also had seven bogeys and a double-bogey on the day. Soegaard enters tomorrow's final round tied for 59th with a 13-over 153.
Junior Austin Cody is tied for 54th after two rounds with a 12-over 152. The North Charleston, S.C., native bogeyed five of his first 10 holes before getting back to four-over with a birdie on the par-3 12th hole. He also suffered double-bogeys on No. 15 and No. 17 as well as a bogey on No. 16 late in his round on Monday.
Duke opens final round play on Tuesday at 8:30 am and will be paired with Stanford. Live scoring for the event is available at www.golfstat.com.
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*** Paolini moved into second place at Duke with 22 rounds of golf in the 60s ... he is also now fourth at Duke with 54 rounds of even-par or better golf ... he is also tied for seventh with 34 career under-par rounds
*** Paolini is one of three players currently under-par for the tournament ... he and Sebastian Cappelen (Arkansas) are the only players to shoot even-par or better in each of the first two rounds
*** Paolini leads the tournament in par 4 scoring at three-under
*** Sumrall's hole-in-one was his second in competition at Duke and the fourth overall ... he recorded an ace on the par 3 third hole at the Club at Irish Creek in the second round of the 2012 Irish Creek Collegiate ... Sumrall also had a hole-in-one during the practice round of the 2011 Rod Myers Invitational at the Duke University Golf Club ... his other ace came prior to his arrival in Durham
*** Paolini and Suri are tied for fifth with 26 pars through 36 holes of play
*** Duke got off to a slow start on Monday suffering eight bogeys and two double-bogeys on the opening six holes of play ... the five Blue Devils played holes No. 1-6 at 12-over in the second round ... Suri was the only player not to suffer a bogey on the opening six holes at Olympia Fields CC