DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men's golf team closed out the second round of the Rod Myers Invitational with a two-over 290 Sunday to finish the tournament fourth overall with a five-over 581. Freshmen Jake Shuman and Adam Wood led the way for the Blue Devils with top 20 finishes at the Duke University Golf Club.
"We were finishing on the back side and historically those last few holes are always the most challenging in relation to par," said head coach Jamie Green. "You ramp that up with a little cooler weather, a breeze and some rain so I was really proud of how the guys played on the last few holes. We went out on the back nine and played better than the leader did. Obviously East Carolina played the best this weekend but I was really pleased with how our guys did on the back nine."
East Carolina captured the team title with a 15-under 561 with North Carolina (-8, 568), Baylor (-6, 570), Duke (+5, 581) and Charlotte (+11, 587) rounding out the top five. The tournament was shortened to a 36-hole event because of a severe weather system in the area Saturday and Sunday.
George Kilgore (East Carolina) posted rounds of 68-69 to take the individual title with a seven-under 137 with Kyle Jones (Baylor) and Matt Rushton (Notre Dame) finishing two shots back. Shuman finished in the tie for eighth at two-under 142 (71-71), while Wood fired back-to-back rounds of 72 to tie for 13th.
Shuman carded four birdies in his second round which began Saturday afternoon before play was suspended due to lightning. The Needham, Mass., native birdied the par 5 ninth hole to make the turn at even-par before adding birdies on No. 11 (par 5) and No. 17 (par 4) to move deeper into red figures. He suffered a bogey on the final hole as weather conditions worsened for a second straight round of 71 and a team-leading fourth under-par round. Shuman's tie for eighth finish was his top showing of the year.
Wood battled back from a slow start of round two to record his team-leading third even-par round of the year. The Zionsville, Ind., native was three-over after four holes before climbing back to even-par at the turn with birdies on No. 5, No. 7 and No. 9. Wood continued his stellar play with six straight pars on the back nine before dropping a stroke with a bogey on No. 16. He recovered with a birdie on the challenging par 4 18th hole to close out the event.
Senior Turner Southey-Gordon finished tied for 27th with a three-over 147 after capping off the tournament with a 73 Sunday. He opened the second round strong and was one-under through 11 holes before a double-bogey on No. 12 and bogey on No. 13 dropped him back to two-over. Southey-Gordon responded with a birdie on No. 14 and closed out with four straight pars.
Michael Ricaurte, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, posted a two-over 74 in the second round to finish tied for 38th with a 150. He battled back from a slow start to get back to even-par following birdies on No. 11 and No. 12 before stumbling with a pair bogeys down the stretch.
Junior Motin Yeung suffered a triple-bogey and double-bogey in round two en route to a five-over 77. He closed the tournament tied for 43rd at seven-over.
Duke also received some strong performances from sophomores Andrew Bieber and Alexander Matlari, who were competing as individuals. Bieber finished tied for 23rd after two rounds of 73, while Matlair shot 73-74 to tie for 27th.
Duke returns to action Oct. 27-28 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas.
*** Shuman was one of five players to shoot under-par in both rounds
*** Shuman was third in par 4 scoring at two-under
*** Bieber and Matlari were tied for second in par 5 scoring at four-under
*** Shuman recorded a team-high nine birdies, tied for third-most ... Wood carded eight birdies
*** Yeung was tied for fourth with 26 pars