DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s golf team, No. 8 in the latest Golfweek / Sagarin Rankings, looks to continue its outstanding season May 16-18 at the NCAA Tempe Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course. Fourteen teams and five individuals make up the field including four conference champions (Duke, Austin Peay, New Mexico State & Lehigh) and foue teams ranking in the top 25 of the Golf World / Nike Golf Coaches Poll (No. 4 UCLA, No. 10 Duke, No. 16 Georgia & No. 20 Texas A&M). The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals, which will be held May 28-June 2, at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
Duke, the No. 2 seed in the Tempe Regional, opens play Thursday at 10 am (ET) and will be paired with top-seed UCLA and third-seeded Georgia. The ASU Karsten Golf Course is set to play as a 7,030 yard, par 70 layout for the event.
Head coach Jamie Green, in his fifth season at Duke, is sending a lineup featuring seniors Brinson Paolini, Adam Sumrall and Julian Suri as well as junior Austin Cody and freshman Mads Soegaard. That Duke lineup has produced tournament victories at the ACC Championship and Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate as well as a runner-up finish at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational.
Duke, winners of a school record five tournament this season, is coming off an impressive showing at the 2013 ACC Championship. The Blue Devils set a school record with a 25-under 839 en route to its seventh league title and its first since 2005. Suri fired a six-under 66 in the second round as Duke matched a school record with a 15-under 273. All five Blue Devils finished under-par at the ACC Championship with Sumrall leading the way with an eight-under 208. Sumrall finished fifth overall, while Paolini and Suri were tied for seventh at five-under (211).
Duke Lineup Brinson Paolini • Sr. • Virginia Beach, Va. Byron Nelson Award winner ... ACC Player of the Year candidate ... No. 22 (third in the ACC) in the latest Golfweek / Sagarin Rankings ... leads the team (seventh in the ACC) with a 71.75 stroke average ... also leads the Blue Devils in under-par rounds (14), rounds in the 60s (6), top 5s (4), top 10s (6), top 20s (10), scoring vs. par (-0.04), rounds counted (26 of 28), sub-par strokes per round (3.46), putts per round (29.04), par 4 scoring (4.04) and fairway percentage (.799) ... has finished in the top 20 in all 10 stroke play events ... recorded top 5 finishes at Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Rod Myers Invitational, John Hayt Collegiate Invitational and Wolfpack Spring Open ... finished tied for seventh at the ACC Championship to become just the third Blue Devil to record three top 10 finishes at the event ... has finished under-par in five tournaments with a season-low 211 (-5) at the ACC Championship ... has shot under-par in five of the last six rounds entering the NCAA Tempe Regional ... 72.25 career stroke average is second-best at Duke ... ranks among Duke’s all-time leaders in rounds in the 60s (2nd - 26), under-par rounds (3rd - 46), even-par rounds (t-1st - 21), even-par or better rounds (2nd - 67), top 5s (t-2nd - 12), top 10s (t-3rd - 18), top 20s (t-3rd - 27), tournaments played (t-8th - 44) and rounds (t-9th - 130) ... 2009 ACC Rookie of the Year ... three-time PING All-East Region and All-ACC Academic team selection ... All-ACC and honorable mention All-America selection in 2011 ... two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America nominee ... has three top 20 finishes in NCAA Regional play, including top 10 showings in 2010 and 2012.
Mads Soegaard • Fr. • Ikast, Jylland, Denmark Ranked in the top 100 (No. 79) of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings ... second on the team and 16th in the ACC (third among freshmen) in stroke average at 72.82 ... third on the team in under-par rounds (10) ... tied for second in even-par or better rounds (13) ... two top 5 finishes including a tie for third at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate ... also has three top 10s and six top 20s ... leads the team in pars per round (11.46), par 3 scoring (3.11) and greens in regulation (.698) ... posted a counting team score in 23 of 25 rounds ... four straight top 20 finishes entering the NCAA Tempe Regional.
Adam Sumrall • Sr. • South Bend, Ind. Third on the team (17th in the ACC) with a 72.85 stroke average ... has three top 5 finishes, including a win at The Trojan ... third on the team in top 10s (4) and top 20s (6) ... leads the team in even-par rounds (4) ... tied for second with 13 even-par or better rounds ... nine under-par rounds with four rounds in the 60s ... has played a total of 27 rounds in 10 stroke play events ... posted a season-low with a five-under 67 in the opening round of the Rod Myers Invitational ... finished tied for third at Duke’s home event ... finished fifth at the ACC Championship with an eight-under 208 ... has shot under-par in six of his last seven rounds.
Julian Suri • Sr. • St. Augustine, Fla. Co-medalist at the 2012 Rod Myers Invitational ... leads the team in par 5 scoring (4.70) and bogeys per round (2.93) ... second on the team in under-par rounds (12), even-par or better rounds (13), rounds in the 60s (4), top 10s (5) and top 20s (7) ... owns a 73.19 stroke average on the year ... recorded a 71.5 stroke average in four fall events ... coming off a tie for fourth finish at the Wolfpack Spring Open and a tie for seventh at the ACC Championship ... ranks fourth all-time at Duke with a 72.74 career stroke average ... also ranks among Duke’s all-time leaders in rounds in the 60s (t-3rd - 21), under-par rounds (2nd - 47), even-par or better rounds (4th - 57), wins (t-5th - 3), top 5s (t-4th - 10), top 10s (t-3rd - 18), top 20s (t-3rd - 27) and rounds (t-9th - 130) ... set the Duke single season stroke average record (71.27) as a junior ... three-time Ping All-East Region and All-ACC Academic team selection ... third team GCAA All-America and honorable mention Golfweek All-America in 2012 ... 2012 All-ACC selection ... matched the second-best Duke round in ACC Championship history with a six-under 66 in the second round of the event in 2012 and 2013 ... finished tied for seventh at the 2013 ACC Championships with a five-under 211 ... placed fifth at the 2011 NCAA East Regional with a two-under 214.
Austin Cody • Jr. • North Charleston, S.C. Fourth on the team with a 73.18 stroke average ... finished second at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate ... has five top 20 finishes ... second on the team in putting (29.11) and pars per round (11.11) ... tied for second in par 5 scoring (4.77) ... 11 rounds of even-par or better golf, including eight under-par efforts ... registered three rounds in the 60s ... finished under-par in four tournaments ... has finished in the top 25 in both of his NCAA Regional appearances ... has been in the lineup for four of Duke’s five wins in 2012-13.
Teams Listed by Seed 1. UCLA 2. Duke [ACC champion] 3. Georgia 4. Texas A&M 5. Clemson 6. Vanderbilt 7. UCF 8. North Carolina 9. Arizona State 10. Kennesaw State 11. Arizona 12. Austin Peay State [OVC champion] 13. New Mexico State [WAC champion] 14. Lehigh [Patriot League champion]
Individuals 1. Glen Scher, UC Santa Barbara 2. Rufie Fessler, Fresno State 3. Cody Blick, San Jose State 4. Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force 5. Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount
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