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Duke Upsets UCLA, Advances to National Semifinals

After a blistering round Thursday bumped Duke into the match-play portion of the NCAA Championships, its hot shooting continued Friday as the Blue Devils ousted top-seeded UCLA with a 3-1-1 victory.

Austin Cody, Tim Gornik and Wes Roach all posted victories for Duke, who will face fifth-seeded Georgia tomorrow morning.

The win gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 record in match-play for the season, a feat made all the more impressive considering UCLA was also a perfect 5-0 entering Friday's match.

And, for the most part, Duke was dominant in the monumental upset. Gornik defeated Pontus Widegren with a 6-and-5 victory after going up 4-up through five holes, Cody battled back from an early two hole deficit to claim a 3-and-2 victory and Roach won the final three holes to secure his 3-and-1 victory. Even Duke's lone loss came after the match was decided, a 1-up decision in which Brinson Paolini fell to Patrick Cantlay.

The Blue Devils weren't the only upset-minded team Friday, though—second-seeded Georgia Tech fell to seventh-seeded Augusta State in a 3-2 match that had to be decided with an extra hole.

Stay tuned to The Blue Zone for updates as Duke continues its NCAA Championship run.


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