AWENDAW, S.C. -- Freshman Mads Soegaard posted rounds of 73 and 69 Monday to grab a share of the tournament lead at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. Soegaard's two-under 142 in challenging windy conditions helped pace Duke to 14-over 590 at the par 72, 7,363-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club.
"Good day for us out there today," said head coach Jamie Green. "I could not be more proud of each of these players. They battled and weathered the weather. It was an impressive display of golf in the afternoon."
Duke, 11th in the latest Golfstat rankings, sits in second place one shot behind leader No. 15 LSU. Missouri currently sits at 16-over with a handful of holes remaining in the second round. The Tigers along with Wake Forest, Auburn, South Carolina, Wisconsin and College of Charleston will conclude there second round Tuesday before heading into the final round.
N.C. State is fourth overall at 18-over and followed by North Carolina (+23), Texas A&M (+24), Wake Forest (+25), Auburn (+30), Clemson (+33) and South Carolina (+34).
Soegaard's three-under 69 is the low round of the tournament and moved him into a tie for first with Albin Choi (N.C. State). Andrew Presley (LSU) is one shot back with Mitchell Sutton (N.C. State) in fourth at even-par. Duke's Austin Cody is among a group of seven players tied for sixth at three-over.
"Mads has played in some rough weather in Europe so he was a little more comfortable than many of the guys out there," said Green. "He played very patiently and was smart from tee to green. He did make a few putts which was very difficult out there. He is sitting in good position and we are really pleased with how smart he is playing and how well and patient he has been."
Soegaard recorded seven birdies on the day and played his final 16 holes at four-under. He opened the tournament with eight pars and a birdie on the opening nine holes before playing the back nine at two-over for a 73. After a bogey-birdie-bogey start to the second round, Soegaard caught fire with birdies on No. 4, No. 7 and No. 8. Following eight straight pars, he added a birdie on the par 3 17th hole and closed with a par to enter Tuesday's final round tied for the tournament lead.
Cody played a steady opening round with one birdie, 15 pars and two bogeys en route to a one-over 73. His second round a more of uneven with four birdies, eight pars and six bogeys.
"I am very proud of Austin," said Green. "He would be the first to tell you he made a couple of mental errors out there but for 36 holes he really played some excellent golf."
Senior Brinson Paolini is tied for 20th with a six-over 150. The Virginia Beach, Va., native suffered back-to-back double-bogeys in the opening round and posted a seven-over 79. He responded in round two with a one-under 71 on the strength of five birdies, including three over a four holes stretch on the front nine.
Julian Suri, a senior from St. Augustine, Fla., registered rounds of 77 and 74 and is tied for 26th. After carding one birdie in the first round, Suri responded with five birdies over the final 11 holes in the second round. His play in the opening two rounds was hindered by pair of double-bogeys.
Senior Adam Sumrall is tied for 56th at 13-over. The South Bend, Ind., native struggled on the back nine of the opening round en route to an 82. He recovered to play the front nine of round two at three-under before again running into trouble on the back nine. Sumrall's day was hampered by five double-bogeys.
Live scoring for the final round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate is available at www.golfstat.com. Final round tee times will be determined following the completion of the second round Tuesday morning.
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