Host Duke wins Rod Myers Invitational by nine

Julian Suri

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1South Florida 68.18 
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4Florida State 69.78 
5Baylor 69.89 

Duke surged ahead of the field in Round 3 of its home tournament, the Rod Myers Invitational, to claim a 9-shot victory. It’s the first win of the season for the team and follows a 13th-place finish at the Fighting Illini Invitational on Sept. 18.

The Blue Devils held the first-round lead after a 3-under 285 at Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C., but trailed Charlotte by two shots heading into Sunday’s final round. Duke finished with a 2-under 286 that left them at 3-under 861 for the championship. Charlotte fell to 11-over 299 in the final round, dropping to third behind Baylor.

“There’s a stretch in there where you get a few par 5s together and then one or two really challenging shots – the par-3 12th that’s kind of our little Amen Corner at Duke,” said Duke head coach Jamie Green. “We made birdies on nine, made a bunch of birdies on No. 11 and then hit really solid shots on No. 12. Once you get through there, it’s just kind of smart sailing from then on. That’s sort of where we ended up separating.”

Iowa was 13 shots back in fourth (19-over 883) and Tulsa was fifth (22-over 886).

Julian Suri led the Blue Devils, ending at 5-under 211 (70-73-68) to win the individual title. Iowa’s Steven Ihm finished two shots back.

“You can’t say enough about Julian’s round out there today,” Green said. “The other guys played really well too, but certainly Julian’s tournament was a great win for him and us.”

Duke counted three other players in the top 10, including Brinson Paolini (T-4), Tim Gornik (T-6) and Spencer Anderson (T-10).

–Information from Duke Athletics used in this report.

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