Zheng And Sample Lift Duke into the 36-Hole Lead

Zheng And Sample Lift Duke into the 36-Hole Lead at
White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Golf Invitational

October 29, 2022 (Paradise Island, Bahamas)  Junior Jimmy Zheng shot Saturday’s lowest score of 6-under-par 66 and Luke Sample added a 5 under 67 to lift Duke into the lead by 12 strokes over Southern Mississippi after the second round of the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Men’s Golf Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Zheng and Sample were just two of the four players under par for the Blue Devils, who will enter the final day at 29-under-par 547. Duke started the day in second place, two strokes behind first-round leader Arkansas State, which slipped to third place in the team standings.

Luke Sample (left) and Jimmy Zheng

Ian Siebers and William Love finished with 69s for the No. 34 ranked Blue Devils, who had a team-leading second-round total of 17-under-par of 271, including a terrific 11 under on the par 5s.

“We know how good we are and how good we can be,” said Sample, a sophomore from New York, who finished with birdies on four of his last six holes. “We didn’t have our best stuff yesterday, but today we played well. We finished strong as a team.”

Zheng, a junior from New Zealand, also finished with birdies on four of his last six holes, including birdies on all of the par 5s and an unlikely birdie on the par-4 17th hole. “I hooked a 2-iron down on the beach about three feet from the water and hit an 8-iron to about 15 feet and made the putt,” said Zheng with a smile. “My putter was red hot today.”

Ryan Dupuy led a comeback by Southern Miss., as his 69 was tops among four players under par for the Golden Eagles, who improved three spots. Arkansas State struggled without a player in the 60s and lost ground.

Max Schliesing, a junior from Switzerland, is the individual leader after two rounds at 11-under-par 133, but his team is tied for seventh in the 12-team field. Sample and Dupuy are two strokes behind in the race for top individual honors at 9 under 135.

Sam Houston and Stetson are tied for fourth place at 563 (-13), followed by ULM (-11), UTEP (-8), Nebraska (-8), VCU (-7), Troy (-6), Texas State (+3) and Delaware (+20).

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 is 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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Team Scoring

1. Duke, 276-271-547 (29)
2. Southern Miss, 279-280-559 (-17)
3. Arkansas State, 274-286-560 (-16)
T4. Sam Houston, 279-284-563 (-13)
T4. Stetson, 277-286-563 (-13)
6. ULM, 282-283-565 (-11)
T7. UTEP, 287-281-568 (-8)
T7. Nebraska, 280-288-568 (-8)
9. VCU, 285-284-569 (-7) 
10. Troy, 286-284-570 (-6)
11. Texas State, 291-288-579 (+3)
12. Delaware, 301-295-596 (+20)

Top Player Scoring

1. Max Schliesing (UTEP), 66-67-133 (-11)
T2. Luke Sample (Duke), 68-67-135 (-9)
T2. Ryan Dupuy (Southern Miss), 66-69-135 (-9)
4. Melan Dhaubhadel (ULM), 67-69-136 (-8)
T5. Jimmy Sisson (Nebraska), 69-68-137 (-7)
T5. Ian Siebers (Duke), 68-69-137 (-7)
T5. Bret Gray (Sam Houston), 66-71-137 (-7)
T8. Brantley Scott (Troy), 69-69-138 (-6)
T8. Matt Gauntlett (Stetson), 68-70-138 (-6)
T8. John Houchin (Stetson), 68-70-138 (-6)
T8. Ugo Malcor (VCU), 67-71-138 (-6)



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