Duke struggles to sixth at ACC tournament

Despite top-20 individual finishes from Adam Sumrall and Julian Suri, the Blue Devils finished the ACC tournament in sixth place with a three-round total of 2-under-par 862.

Sumrall tied for 14th place after shooting a team-best 2-under-par 214—the first time in eight years Duke has not had an individual golfer in the top 10—and Suri tied for 18th place two strokes behind.

Virginia’s Ben Rusch won the individual title with a 10-under-par 206, edging Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford by one stroke.

Georgia Tech won the conference championship for the fourth straight season with a 27-under-par 837, seven strokes ahead of second-place Virginia.

“We went into the tournament with some high expectations and sometimes that is the right motivator and sometimes it doesn’t work out,” head coach Jamie Green told “The reality is that these guys, top to bottom, had the game to play well this week and that showed itself in spurts. Each guy had a couple of things that unfortunately popped up this weekend that showed we need to do a little bit more work. We would have loved to have had a better ACC championship, but there is still a lot of golf to play.”

Spencer Anderson tied for 21st place with a score of 217, followed by Austin Cody, who tied for 41st place four strokes behind. Brinson Paolini rounded out the Blue Devils’ scoring tied for 49th with a 10-over-par 226.

Duke will next play in the NCAA regionals May 17-19.

—from staff reports


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