DURHAM, N.C. – The ninth-ranked Duke men's golf team received its 25th bid to participate in the NCAA Regionals, including the program’s fifth consecutive regional berth, as the Blue Devils were selected as a No. 2-seed in the Athens Regional.
The selections were made during the NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Show live on Golf Channel Wednesday evening.
The 54-hole regional tournament will be contested May 13-16 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Other teams competing in the Athens Regional are top-seeded Vanderbilt, Georgia, Liberty, Alabama, Tennessee, Campbell, Kentucky, Nevada, SMU, Memphis, UNC Wilmington and Princeton.
The low five teams from each of the six regional sites will advance to the NCAA National Championship, set for May 24-29 at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Duke reached the national semifinals last season in Stillwater, Okla.
Duke has finished third or better in three of its last four regional appearances, including a third-place finish in 2015 at the Lubbock Regional, a tied-second at the Baton Rouge Regional in 2017, and a second-place finish at the Raleigh Regional last season as the team shot 22-under par – the program’s record for an NCAA Regional competition.
Duke is led by senior Alex Smalley, who is the 10th-ranked player nationally, and on pace to set the program’s career scoring record. Smalley has a win at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge – one of three individual wins by Blue Devils this season. Junior Chandler Eaton, ranked 19th nationally, claimed medalist honors at the Nike Collegiate Invitational, while Steven DiLisio won the Georgia Southern Collegiate.
As a team, 10th-year head coach Jamie Green's team has won three titles this season – the Louisville Cardinal Challenge, the Nike Collegiate Invitational and the Stroke Play title at the East Lake Cup.