Junior Austin Cody, a native of North Charleston, S.C., fired a closing round 67 (-5) to pace Duke to four-under 284 Tuesday at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The final round charge spearheaded by Cody and senior Julian Suri led the Blue Devils to a three-shot victory over N.C. State.
"Austin [Cody] got on a role today which was huge and Julian [Suri] turned it around and got under par," said head coachJamie Green. "Anytime you can get under-par on a golf course like that where there aren't a ton of under-par rounds you have a chance to compete for a title. It was really cool for Austin and great for our program to have him play so well here in his hometown."
Duke finished the event with a 10-over 874 while securing its third tournament victory of the season and the 25th of head coach Jamie Green's career. N.C. State finished second at +13 followed by Wake Forest (+20, 884), Missouri (+24, 888) and LSU (+25, 889).
"I couldn't be more happy and pleased with how the guys showed a high level of patience and persistence," said Green. "That is what you had to do in this kind of weather, because there were going to be some times when you couldn't control your golf ball. They hit a lot of solid golf shots, made great decisions and if something didn't bounce their way they got over it quickly and moved on to the next shot."
Logan Harrell (N.C. State) fired a final round 66 (-6) to grab individual medalist honors with a three-under 213. Cody posted a two-under 214 (73-74-67) to place second for the best finish of his career. Freshman Mads Soegaard and Albin Choi (N.C. State) were tied for third at one-under (215).
Cody opened play with a par on No. 1 before ripping off four straight birdies. He added birdies on No. 8 and No. 9 to make the turn at six-under. He ran into his only trouble of the day with back-to-back bogeys on No. 12 and No. 13. Cody recovered with a birdie on the par 3 14th hole before closing the day with four straight pars. Cody's 67 matches the low round of his career and Duke's best round this season.
"I felt good from the start and got off to a great start, which got my round going," said Cody. "Unfortunately my parents couldn't come today but it was nice to play well in front of friends and my grandparents. As a team, we played well both days. The conditions were brutal but we were all patient which helped us grind it out for 54 holes."
The College of Charleston men's golf team shot the fourth best final round in the 15 team field as they moved up and finished in 13th place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
The Cougars shot a round of even par as a team on the final day and had two individuals shoot under par for the final round. For the tournament the Cougars finished at 47-over and were six shots back of ninth place.
The South Carolina men's golf team claimed ninth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate after wrapping up the tournament with 54-hole total of 905 (+41) on Tuesday at Bulls Bay Golf Club.
A pair of freshmen – Stephen Behr and Miller Capps – both carded one-over par scores of 73 on Tuesday to lead Clemson to a 10th place tie at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate tournament in Awendaw, SC.