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April 28, 2013
NEW LONDON, N.C. — Tenth-ranked Duke, behind the play of seniors Adam Sumrall and Brinson Paolini, shot a final round four-under-par 284 to overcome 13th-ranked Florida State in the final holes of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 60th Annual Men’s Golf Tournament held at the 7,102-yard, par 72 course at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C.
The Seminoles had led throughout most of the Tournament, but the Blue Devils caught them early in the final round and the two teams battled back and forth for the lead all afternoon as weather conditions gradually deteriorated, with driving rain over the final nine holes. Duke finished by shooting a 25-under-par, 54-hole score of 839.
Florida State faded to tie Virginia Tech for second-place with a three-round total of 842, some three strokes behind the Blue Devils, but still recording an impressive 22-under par.
Ninth-ranked Georgia Tech finished fourth with an 851, followed by Clemson (859), Virginia (862), North Carolina (869), Wake Forest (872), NC State (881), Maryland (883) and Boston College (896).
Sumrall, from South Bend, Ind., finished fifth with a 208 final score while Paolini, from Virginia Beach, Va., was tied for seventh with Duke teammate Julian Suri (St. Augustine, Fla.) with a three-round total of 211.
“The guys on our team loved the opportunity today,” said Duke coach Jamie Green. “In practice this is what you tell your players they’re working for. It was a lot of fun on the back nine out there. There were some birdies made and some nip and tuck, but when you got to that final hour, it was just a survival test. There were times when you wondered whether this putt’s playable. Saw their hat turned backwards and they got their blinders on and did a great job.”
The win for Duke was its seventh ACC men’s golf title, but its first since 2005 and the first for Green, in his fifth year as head of the Blue Devil program.
“I owe a lot to Rod Myers (former Duke coach) and his staff who built this program,” said Green. “O.D. Vincent was there a short time before I came and he recruited some of these players, especially the seniors. I was fortunate enough to walk in and have some good players. We built a little bit on that and I think we have a very deep team, where a lot of guys can go into the lineup and perform well.”
While the Blue Devils claimed the team title, Georgia Tech sophomore Anders Albertson made news of his own, taking individual medalist honors by shoot an ACC Tournament record 201 for 54-holes of play. Albertson, from Woodstock, Ga., shot 66-67-68-201 over the three days of competition to better the Conference’s previous best 54-hole total of 202, set by former Wake Forest All-America Webb Simpson in the 2006 Tournament, also held at the Old North State Club. The feat was made even more impressive by the bad weather over the final nine holes.
“I did a good job this week of sticking to my game plan,” said Albertson, who finished in a tie for fourth as a freshman at the ACC Championships in 2012.
“I tried to focus each day. Coming into the final round, it didn’t matter if it was the first day or last, it was all the same to me. I was able to stay with my routine the entire Tournament.
“The weather was like this last year as well, only about ten degrees cooler. It was interesting….16, 17 and 18 were pretty tough, because it was all into the wind and the rain was going sideways.”
Albertson was surprised to hear he had set the Tournament scoring record.
“I’m still kind of in shock that I did that,” said Albertson. “I didn’t know that until they told ma after the round. I’ve been playing well for a while now and its awesome to see the results.”
Georgia Tech Coach Bruce Heppler was proud of Albertson’s accomplishments, though Tech, the defending ACC champion, finished fourth as a team.
“There’s a lot of great names who have played in this Tournament for a lot of years,” said Heppler. “This was actually his first tournament win and he really made it count. He’s a great kid, a great student. I couldn’t be happier for him, He worked so hard and is so conscientious about everything he does. He just started on the first hole and never let up.”
Albertson Became the eighth Georgia Tech golfer to win ACC medalist honors joining Paul Haley (2011), Chesson Hadley (2010), Cameron Tringale (2006), Bryce Molder (2000), Mikko Rantanen (1994), David Duval (1991, 1993), and Bob McDonnell (1985).
Virginia Tech senior Mikey Moyers (Stanardsville, Va.) and Florida State senior Chase Seiffert (Panama City, Fla.) tied for second-place in the individual competition, both shooting 206 over the three days of golf.
Florida State sophomore Daniel Berger (Jupiter, Fla.), the first round leader of the Tournament, finished in fourth place with a nine-under-par 207.