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Birdies abundant in Japan

The men's golf team is tied for second place at the Topy Cup in Tanagura, Japan, after the first day of competition.

 Led by sophomore Nathan Smith's one-under par 71, the Blue Devils (293) trail the Arkansas Razorbacks by just one stroke.

 Smith is in a tie for sixth place overall, with Arkansas' Adam Wing in the lead after firing a 67.

 The other Duke scores are as follows: Mike Castleforte (72), Ryan Blaum (73), Rob Beasley and Tom Lefebvre (77).

 The Topy Cup is being held at the 7,086-yard Tanagura County Club, which is hosting several Japanese and American schools such as Washington and Oregon.

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