DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Men’s Golf team wrapped up its inaugural Blue Devil Cup weekend on Saturday, a weekend that featured a variety of events all centered around the tradition and growth of the program.
Friday kicked off the festivities, as alumni returned to the Duke University Golf Club at the Washington Duke Inn for a round of golf with current members of the team, all playing for the first ever set of Blue Devil Cup trophies.
The pairings for Friday’s action were set as seen below:
Rob Baynard- Alex Matlari Chuck Ryan-Andrew Bieber
Adam Long – Jake Grodzinsky Brian Kim – Michael Schachner
Justin Klein – Brandon LaCroix O.D. Vincent – Judd Silverman
David Love – Raleigh Shoemaker Pete O’Brien – Jim Shuman
John Karcher – K.C. Baer Jason Widener – Dan Wood
Ryan Blaum – Tom Lefebvre Bryce Mueller – Michael Quagliano
The format for Friday’s round:
Two-man teams were paired with another two-man team and one current Duke golf team member to play in fivesomes. The format was one best ball gross for each two-man team with the duo also able to use the Duke player’s score on each hole as their counting score.
Following a full 18 holes, all involved in the weekend’s celebration attended a cocktail party and dinner held in the Champions Club of Cameron Indoor Stadium. During the dinner, former players were recognized, as well as those who were a part of last year’s ACC Championship team.
Additionally, the winners of the afternoon’s round of golf, Bryce Mueller and Michael Quagliano, were presented with the first-ever pair of Blue Devil Cup trophies.
Seniors Adam Wood and Jake Shuman presented heartfelt speeches, speaking on their time spent as Blue Devils as well as offering advice to the freshmen who are set to begin their Duke careers this fall.
“I don’t know if you believe me, but I get teary-eyed thinking this is my last year here,” said Shuman. [Duke] just holds that special of a place in my heart, and I wouldn’t have had the experience I’ve had without the people in this room. And I can’t stress this enough for the freshman. Please cherish these four years.”
Head coach Jamie Green also addressed the audience, focusing on the tradition of Duke Golf and its consistency throughout its existence.
“Year after year after year, our culture is so positive,” Green noted. “Wouldn’t you be so proud to walk away saying that that’s ours?”
Saturday brought additional time for fellowship as a breakfast-catered tailgate prior to Duke Football’s noon matchup versus Northwestern allowed for further conversation between former and current members of the golf program.
Later on in the afternoon, as the football game came to a halt for a media timeout, last year’s ACC Championship team was honored in front of a Wallace Wade crowd as the players posed for pictures with the trophy on the field.
It is the hope of the program that this newly established tradition can carry into the years to come. For details regarding Duke men’s golf alumni and any events such as this, be sure to check out goduke.com/mgolf.
Photos from the weekend can be found here.