DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's golf team opens NCAA East Regional play on Thursday, May 19 at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in Radford, Va. The Blue Devils, the No. 3 seed in the East Regional, tee off in the opening round at 8 am and will be paired with Georgia Tech and LSU.
Head coach Jamie Green, in his third year with the Blue Devils, has guided Duke to two tournament championships (Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship & Irish Creek Collegiate) this season. He led Duke to a second place finish at the 2011 ACC Championship and has now guided the Blue Devils to top three finishes in the conference tournament in all three seasons in Durham. Duke has also reached the NCAA Regionals three times under Green, advancing to the NCAA Championship in each of the last two seasons.
Green will field a lineup featuring senior Wes Roach and four talented underclassman in sophomores Tim Gornik, Brinson Paolini and Julian Suri and freshman Austin Cody. The group has accounted for 23 top 20 finishes this season with Paolini, Roach, Gornik and Suri all posting stroke averages of 72.6 or better. Roach will be playing in the NCAA Regional for the fourth straight year, while Paolini and Suri will be making their second straight regional appearance.
The Duke Lineup
Brinson Paolini # Sophomore # Virginia Beach, Va.
All-ACC selection ... CoSIDA Academic All-America nominee ... leads the team in stroke average (72.0), even-par or better rounds (12), rounds in the 60s (7), top 5 finishes (3), top 10 finishes (4), pars per round (11.96), par 4 scoring (4.04), greens in regulation (.665) and driving accuracy (.812) ... tied for the team lead in under-par rounds (8), even-par rounds (4) and rounds played (27) ... second in par 5 scoring (4.81) ... 57th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings ... ranks 10th in the ACC with 72.0 stroke average ... has shot even-par or better in five of the last seven rounds ... four of his last seven rounds have been in the 60s ... ranks among the national leaders in percentage of fairways hit ... 30 career rounds of even-par golf or better ... eight career top 10 finishes.
Wes Roach # Senior # Knoxville, Tenn.
Second on the team and 14th in the ACC with a 72.4 stroke average ... leads the team in sub-par strokes per round (3.52), percentage of rounds counted (.963) and rounds at 75 or better (25) ... tied for second in greens in regulation (.656) and even-par of better rounds (11) ... tied for the team lead with four even-par rounds ... seven under-par rounds ... 96th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings ... has a 4-1 match-play record in 2010-11 ... leads the team with six top 20 finishes ... tied for 10th at Duke with 26 career under-par rounds.
Tim Gornik # Sophomore # Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tied for first on the team with six top 20 finishes ... ranks 15th in the ACC with a 72.5 stroke average ... four even-par and five under-par rounds ... has shot 75 or better in 22 of 24 rounds played ... second on the team in pars per round (11.88) and driving accuracy (.742) ... fired a career-low 68 (-3) in the opening round of the Irish Creek Collegiate ... also posted a 68 (-4) in the second round of the ACC Championship.
Julian Suri # Sophomore # St. Augustine, Fla.
Fourth on the team and 16th in the ACC with a 72.6 stroke average ... leads the team in par 5 scoring (4.79), putts per round (30.05) and fewest bogeys per round (2.86) ... tied for the team lead in par 3 scoring (3.10), and under-par rounds (8) ... second in sub-par stroke per round (3.43) ... tied for second on the team with three top 10 finishes ... 87th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings ... 71.0 stroke average with six under-par rounds in the last three events ... a perfect 5-0 in match play ... has shot under-par in four straight rounds heading into the East Regional.
Austin Cody # Freshman # North Charleston, S.C.
Has played in 18 total rounds with a 73.6 stroke average ... four under-par rounds and one even-par round ... two top 20 finishes, including a tie for seventh at the U.S. Collegiate Championship ... shot a season-low 69 in the opening round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship ... 4-0-1 record in match play.
The NCAA East Regional field includes four conference champions, including a top-seeded Georgia Tech squad that won the 2011 ACC Championship. The Yellow Jackets are also one of nine teams in the field ranked in the top 50 of Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Georgia Tech is second nationally with LSU at eighth and Duke No. 16 overall. Virginia (No. 17), Oklahoma (No. 24), Kent State (No. 33), East Carolina (No. 35), Virginia Tech (No. 42) and UNC-Wilmington (No. 49) also rank in the top 50.
The River Course at Virginia Tech will play as a 7,685 yard, par 72 for the NCAA East Regional. Originally a 1999 Ault and Clark design, The River Course underwent a major reconstruction by world-renowned architect Pete Dye and re-opened in August 2005 as the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.
Hole-by-hole scoring for the NCAA East Regional as well as complete results, stats and tee times are available at www.golfstat.com.