LAS VEGAS Nev. - The Duke men's golf team posted a seven-over par team score of 295 to drop to 12th place at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nev. Junior Julian Suri is tied for fourth after posting a two-under 144 (70-72), while Brinson Paolini is tied for 13th at an even 144 (71-73).
"There were definitely bright spots for everybody today and that's what you want to take away," said head coach Jamie Green.
Junior Julian Suri shot an even-par 72 round on Saturday to remain four strokes behind tournament leader Logan McCracken of Texas Tech. Suri carded four bogeys and four birdies, two of which were on No. 7 and No. 9 to shoot par for the second round of play.
"Julian had a really nice finish today, he birdied the last two of his last three holes and that's what helped him finish even and stay in the hunt for the individual title," said Green.
Junior Brinson Paolini shot two-over par on his first nine holes, bogeying No. 11, No. 16 and No. 18 before birding No. 1, No. 2 and No. 7 to post one-over par in the second round of play.
Senior Spencer Anderson shot a second round 75 to jump into a tie for 53rd place at 153 (+9). He struggled on his first nine holes, bogeying No. 10, No. 13 and No. 18 before carding his only birdie on No. 5. Sophomore Yaroslav Merkulov fired one-under par on the first nine holes, carding back-to-back birdies on No. 13 and No. 14, before running into trouble on the front nine registering a bogey No. 2, No. 5, No. 8 and No. 9 to post a three-over par in the second round of play. Merkulov is now tied for 56th place at 154 (+10). Sophomore Austin Cody's second round 78 leaves him tied for 60th at 156 (+12). Cody carded one double bogey, two birdies, and four bogeys on the final nine holes of the course.
"We have the ability for all 5 guys to play well. From a competitive standpoint, we're counting the best four scores out of 5. When you have all five guys playing solid golf, you have a pretty good shot of being competitive with the rest of the field," said Coach Green." I know that these five guys are certainly capable of that regardless of the course we are on, and this is the kind of golf course that is tough from the moment you tee off to the moment you finished, it requires a lot of thinking a lot of commitment."
California remains in the lead after 36-holes with a team score of 573 (286-287), followed by UNLV (287-292=579), and Texas A&M (288-292=580). While Stanford (292-291=583) and UCLA (291-292=583) are tied for fourth.
Logan McCracken of Texas Tech owns the tournament lead with a total score of 138 (66-72). Tyler Dunlap of Texas A&M (68-72=140) and Pontus Widegren of UCLA (69-71=140) are tied for second place. Keelan Kilpatrick of California (69-71=142) and Julian Suri of Duke (70-72=142), JD Tomlinson of Florida (71-71=140), and Bobby Wyatt (68-74=142) are all tied for fourth place.
Duke will return to the Southern Highlands course tomorrow for the final round of the tournament. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.