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Merkulov Posts Top 10 Finish at Monroe Invitational
Sunday 06/18/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Rising sophomore Yaroslav Merkulov
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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Duke rising sophomore Yaroslav Merkulov posted a final round 67 (-3) to charge up the leaderboard and finish tied for eighth at the Monroe Invitational at the Monroe Golf Club (par 70, 6,915 yards) on Saturday. Merkulov closed the tournament with a one-over 281 (70-72-72-67).

Merkulov played steady golf over the first three rounds of the tournament but was unable to capitalize on his birdie opportunities. He entered Saturday's final round tied for 24th overall after posting five birdies over the first 54 holes of play.

A native of Penfield, N.Y., Merkulov used a four-under 31 on the front nine of the final round to climb up the leaderboard. He began the day with a birdie on the par 4 first hole and tacked on birdies and No. 4 and No. 5 to move to three-under on the day. Merkulov added a birdie on the par 5 ninth hole to get back to even-par for the tournament.

After dropping a stroke with a bogey on No. 11, Merkulov collected his fifth birdie of the day on the par 5 12th hole to move back to four-under in the round. He went on to par five of the next six holes with a bogey on the par 3 16th hole to climb into the top 10 of the leaderboard.

Merkulov's three-under 67 was tied for the second-lowest round on the final day at the Monroe Invitational.

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