RADFORD, Va. – Duke shot a final round eight-under-par 280 and defeated conference rival Georgia Tech by four strokes to claim the team title at the NCAA Virginia Tech Regional at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. Oklahoma’s Abraham Ancer won medalist honors with a six-under-par 210.
“They’ve got it in them, there’s no doubt about that,” Duke head coach Jamie Green said. “To do it in the final pairing and knowing what’s coming after this final week, its got to be one of the best rounds we’ve ever had. They played smart, probably more than anything else. This golf course was set up in a way that if you missed it in the wrong places, it was going to cost you.”
Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg advanced to the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma by being the top individual on a non-advancing team. The five teams that will advance to the national championship May 31-June 5 are the Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets, Oklahoma, LSU and Kent State.
“I’m more like a constant player,” Ancer said. “That was my plan for this tournament, just a couple of under for each day would probably do it. It feels good getting a little confidence.”
The host Hokies had a strong push at the end, but finished six and missed advancing by three strokes. The fifth place and final advancing team was Kent State at 893, while the Hokies finished with a three-day total of 896.
Junior Blake Redmond was Tech’s top finisher, and shot a three-round total of three-over-par, 219. He tied for 10th place and finished nine strokes behind Ancer. Freshman Bryce Chalkley finished tied for 19th place.
Duke and Georgia Tech were grouped together in the final round, along with Oklahoma, and fought neck-and-neck throughout the final day. Duke’s Tim Gornik shot a final round six-under-par 66, setting a new competitive course record for the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.
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