Sample Paces Duke to Record-Tying Win at
White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Golf Invitational
October 30, 2022 (Paradise Island, Bahamas) – Sophomore Luke Sample tied for the overall low score and his Duke team coasted to an easy win in school record fashion Sunday at the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Sample posted a 3-under-par 69 and finished at 12-under, tied with Ryan Dupuy of Southern Mississippi, who won the individual medal on the first playoff hole. As a team, the Blue Devils tied a school record of 41 under par (823) for 54 holes, easily outpacing runner-up Stetson by 20 strokes (843).
For the third consecutive day Duke had four players count who were under par. Jimmy Zheng and Kelly Chinn each had 68s in the final round, while William Love added a 1-under 71 in the five-count-four format over the 7,159-yard layout designed by major champion Tom Weiskopf. Zheng was 10-under for his last two rounds, including tying for the low round of the tournament with a 66 on Saturday.
“I’m proud of us taking home the team trophy this week. It couldn’t be any better,” said the junior from New Zealand who went eagle-birdie to finish his third round. “The difference for me was just being more confident. I knew my game was there and I had it in me to play better than my 73 the first day.”
“I’m really happy that we got a record win,” added Sample, whose team is ranked No. 34 nationally. “We worked really hard this fall, and this was a special week for us. We want to be the best team in the country, and I think we have the potential to get there. We have shown flashes of what we can do.”
Duke was 12 under for the final round as the Blue Devils increased the lead they took on Saturday from Arkansas State, which led by two strokes after the first day. Cameron Henry and Matt Gauntlett had final rounds of 67 and 69 respectively for Stetson, which jumped two places on the final day. Dupuy had three rounds in the 60s as he led the Golden Eagles to a tie for third at -17 (847), along with Sam Houston and Arkansas State. VCU rallied to be 7 under on the final day to earn a tie for sixth with ULM at -14 (850). Troy and Nebraska tied for eighth at -7 (851), followed by Texas El Paso (853), Texas State (868) and Delaware (874).
Dupuy and Sample were the only two players who were in the 60s each day. Dupuy matched the single round low of 66 on Friday, then went 69-69. Sample went 68-67-69. Max Schliesing of UTEP went 66-67 to hold the individual lead after 36 holes but settled for an even-par 72 on Sunday.
“You will remember a trip to the Bahamas as something very special, and when you play well it makes the water slide more fun too,” said Duke head coach Jamie Green. “Everyone had this event circled since the season started. And this team played their hearts out.”
Viewed as one of the top collegiate events, this NCAA Invitational is among a handful of premier events held at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Most recently, the resort course hosted the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic. This was the third year for the NCAA Invitational, first played in 2019 and again in 2021, with Houston and Mississippi the two past winners.
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Final Team Scoring
1. Duke, 276-271-276–823 (-41)
2. Stetson, 277-286-280–843 (-21)
T3. Arkansas State, 274-286-287-847 (-17)
T3. Sam Houston, 279-284-284-847 (-17)
T3. Southern Mississippi, 279-280-288-847 (-17)
T6. VCU, 285-284-281-850 (-14)
T6. ULM, 282-283-285-850 (-14)
T8. Troy, 286-284-281-851 (-13)
T8. Nebraska, 280-288-283-851 (-13)
10. Texas El Paso, 287-281-285-853 (-11)
11. Texas State, 291-288-289-868 (+4)
12. Delaware, 301-295-278-874 (+10)
Top Player Final Scoring
T1 Ryan Dupuy (Southern Mississippi), 66-69-69–204 (-12)
T1 Luke Sample (Duke), 68-67-69–204 (-12)
T3 Brantley Scott (Troy), 69-69-67–205 (-11)
T3 Max Schliesing (Texas El Paso), 66-67-72–205 (-11)
T3 Bret Gray (Sam Houston), 66-71-68—205 (-11)
T6 Jimmy Zheng (Duke), 73-66-68–207 (-9)
T6 Melan Dhaubhadel (ULM), 67-69-71–207 (-9)
T6 Matt Gauntlett (Stetson), 68-70-69–207 (-9)
T6 Jeremy Sisson (Nebraska), 69-68-70–207 (-9)
10 Kelly Chinn (Duke), 69-72-68–209 (-7)
T11 Sahasawat Ariyachatvakin (Delaware), 71-72-67–210 (-6)
T11 Cameron Clarke (Southern Mississippi), 70-71-69–210 (-6)
T11 Ugo Malcor (VCU), 67-71-72–210 (-6)
T11 Harry Crockett (Nebraska), 72-71-67–210 (-6)
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