RANCHO SANTA FE, CA -- Sophomore Motin Yeung shot an even-par 72 Tuesday to finish third with a three-under 213 at The Farms Collegiate Invitational at the Farms Golf Club in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif. Duke closed the event in fifth place after recording a 309 in the final round.
Host San Diego posted a three-under 285 Tuesday to claim the tournament championship with a 54-hole score of 860 (-4). Kennesaw State finished 14 shots back with Loyola Marymount (883), Pacific (884) and Duke (887) rounding out the top five.
Grant Forrest (San Diego) and Jimmy Beck (Kennesaw State) shared the individual lead with six-under 210s before Forrest grabbed medalist honors with a birdie on the first playoff hole. Yeung was the only other player in the field to shoot under-par with a 213 (68-73-72). Nick Baines (San Diego), David Gazzolo (UC Riverside), Byron Meth (Pacific) and Ole Ramsnes (Denver) finished tied for fourth with one-over 217s.
Yeung got off to a strong start in the final round with birdies on No. 2 and No. 3. After suffering a pair of bogeys over the next five holes, the Beijing, China, native added birdies on the par 5 ninth hole and on No. 11 to get back to two-under. He dropped two strokes with a double-bogey on No. 13 but quickly recovered to birdie the par 3 13th hole. Yeung had bogeys on No. 15 and No. 17 before capping the tournament with a birdie on the par 5 18th hole.
Freshman Alexander Matlari finished tied for 24th with an eight-over 224 after shooting rounds of 69-74-81, while fellow freshman Max Greyserman tied for 39th with an 12-over 228. Greyserman was one-over heading into No. 15 before suffering a pair of double-bogeys and a bogey over the final four holes of play. He birdied the par 5 18th hole to complete the round.
Juniors Turner Southey-Gordon and Michael Ricaurte placed tied for 59th and 63rd, respectively. Southey-Gordon registered four birdies in the final round but also suffered four double-bogeys en route to a seven-over 79. Ricaurte had a pair of birdies and made the turn at three-over before shooting a six-over 42 on the back nine. He closed the round with a nine-over 81.
Senior Austin Cody shot a one-over 73 in the final round to tie for 36th while competing as an individual. The North Charleston, S.C., native got off to a slow start with bogeys on No. 1 and No. 2. He recovered to birdie No. 7 and No. 9 to make the turn at even-par. Cody bogeyed No. 10 but moved back to even-par with another birdie on the par 5 12th hole. He went on to card five pars and a bogey down the stretch for his second-best round of the year.
Andrew Bieber, a freshman from Ohio, finished 65th with a 241 (84-79-78). In the final round, Bieber opened with seven straight pars before closing the front nine birdie-par to make the turn at one-under. He added two more birdies on the back nine but was derailed by four double-bogeys over the first six holes en route to a six-over 78.
Duke returns to action March 10-11 at the General Jim Hackler Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach.
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