ALPHARETTA, GA – The Blue Devils golf team is set to kick off the United States Collegiate Championship (USCC) on Friday at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga. The 54-hole event will showcase 10 of the top 25 teams in the latest NCAA golf rankings, including the 2011 USCC defending champion UCLA.
In addition to the 21st-ranked Blue Devils, the USCC field includes No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 9 Southern California, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 11 Stanford, Iowa, Oklahoma State, East Tennessee State and Kent State. Duke will also compete against ACC foes No. 22 Virginia, No. 24 Clemson, and Wake Forest.
As a team, the Blue Devils have shot under-par in five of nine rounds played this fall. The team is coming off a season-best 10-under 278 in the final round of the Rod Myers Invitational.
The Blue Devils are coming off a strong showing Oct. 13-14 at the Rod Myers Invitational in which they took home the team title with a 12-under 852. Senior Julian Suri led the way for Duke firing sub-par rounds of 70-69-70 to finish as co-medalist at seven-under (209) with Clark Palmer of North Carolina. After the weekend, Suri now has three career victories. He has finished in the top 10 in all three events this season and boasts a 71.0 stroke average.
Brinson Paolini, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., has shot even-par or better in six rounds this season and is currently ranked third at Duke with 56 career rounds of even-par or better golf. He enters the tournament with a share of the team lead in stroke average (71.0).
Joining Suri and Paolini in the lineup are senior Adam Sumrall, junior Austin Cody and freshman Mads Soegaard, each of whom claimed a top-10 finish at the Rod Myers Invitational. Sumrall owns a career best 72.9 scoring average this season after firing a blistering 67 in the first round of the RMI.
Cody, a native of North Charleston, S.C., has played nine rounds this season and has a 73.7 stroke average with four even-par or better efforts. Soegaard owns a 72.4 stroke average on the season. The Jylland, Denmark native has two top ten finishes in three tournaments with four under-par rounds.
The Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course, named “Best New Private Course in America” by Golf Digest in 1991, plays to 7,017 yards and a par 72. The club features two championship courses, Lakeside and Creekside, which were both designed by Arthur Hills.
The first round of the U.S. Collegiate Championship is slated to begin on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Live scoring, statistics and tee times are available at golfstat.com.
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