Three Teams, One Individual Represent ACC in NCAA Men's Golf Championship

May 31, 2011

Three ACC men’s golf teams, Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford (Jr., Cary, N.C.) advance to the NCAA Championship, to be played May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Noteworthy:

  • With the team title at the NCAA East Regional, Duke now has three team championships on the season...this marks the fourth time in school history Duke has won three or more tournaments in a season.
  • Duke’s first place finish at the NCAA East regional is the best showing in school history. The Blue Devils previous regional play highs were fourth place finishes in 2010 and 1997.
  • The Blue Devils are advancing to the NCAA Championship for the third straight season under head coach Jamie Green…this is the second time in school history the team has reached the NCAA Championship in three straight seasons.
  • Jamie Green is the first Duke head coach to guide the Blue Devils to three consecutive NCAA Championship trips.
  • Julian Suri, (So., St. Augustine, Fla.) and Tim Gornik, (So., Ljubljana, Slovenia) recorded the eighth and ninth top 10 regional finishes in Duke golf history….Suri finished fifth overall for the fourth top 5 finish by a Blue Devil in regional play.
  • James White (Jr., Acworth, Ga.) fired a 4-under par 68 on the final day and Kyle Scott (Sr., Johannesburg, South Africa) added a 1-under 71 as Georgia Tech posted its best round of the NCAA East Regional, a 1-under 287 in the final round and easily qualified for the NCAA Championship finals. White and Scott tied for second individually at the regional with a 4-under par 212.
  • Georgia Tech is in the finals for the 25th time in its history, and for the 24th time since 1985.
  • NC State advanced to the NCAA Championship after a fourth-place finish (855, -9) at the NCAA Florida Regional at the Golden Ocala Golf Course in Ocala, Fla.
  • NC State’s Mitchell Sutton (So., London, Ontario) earned a share of the medalist honors at 10-under par 206 with Augusta State’s Patrick Reed and Missouri’s Jace Long at the NCAA Florida Regional.
  • This is the 16th appearance in the NCAA finals for the Wolfpack, and the first since 2006. However, Matt Hill did play as an individual in 2009 and won the event that year as he was named the top collegiate golfer in the nation.
  • Wake Forest junior Lee Bedford (Jr., Cary, N.C.) made a clutch birdie at the final hole of the NCAA Central Regional to secure the individual qualifying spot and earn a berth to the NCAA Championship. Bedford finished the tournament at 1-under par 212.
  • Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford is the first Demon Deacon to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championship since Bill Haas in 2004.

Six 54-hole regional tournaments were conducted May 19-21. Thirteen teams and ten individuals not on those teams competed at each of three regionals while the other three regionals had 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advanced to the finals.

The finals will be conducted May 31-June 5, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State is the host institution for this year’s championship.

In the May 22nd Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, eight of the eleven ACC teams are ranked: Georgia Tech (2nd), Duke (13th), Virginia (21st), Clemson (26th), NC State (29th), Wake Forest (31st), Virginia Tech (43rd), and Florida State (46th).

Individually, three Georgia Tech players are ranked in the Top 15 of the May 22nd Golfweek/Sagarin rankings: Kyle Scott (8th), J.T. Griffin (11th), and James White (14th). Wake Forest’s Evan Beck is ranked 31st, Virginia’s Ben Kohles ranked 36th, Wake Forest’s Lee Bedford (37th) and NC State’s Albin Choi (45th).