DURHAM — Blue Devils sophomore Mads Soegaard and 2013 Duke grad Tim Gornik collected match-play victories Wednesday to move on to the round of 32 at the 118th British Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Soegaard recorded a hard-fought 19-hole victory over Nathan Kimsey, the highest-ranked English player in the field. Soegaard secured the win on the first extra hole after playing a nine-iron to three feet and making birdie, while Kimsey, who is ranked 11th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and is a hopeful for this year’s Walker Cup match in Southampton, New York, missed a lengthy birdie attempt from the back of the green.
Gornik posted the most lopsided win of the second round with a commanding 5 and 4 victory over Robbie Van West.
Soegaard advances on to play Jim Liu Thursday, while Gornik squares off against Pontus Gad in the round of 32.
Campbell: Coach Kevin McGeehan has completed his staff at Campbell with the hiring of Deon Curry as director of basketball operations and Greg Robbins as graduate assistant.
Curry spent the 2012-13 season in the same position at Campbell.
Women’s Field Hockey
Duke: Seven members of the Duke field hockey team will be in action this weekend at the USA Field Hockey Under-21 Women’s National Championship, held at the Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The event, which runs Thursday through next Tuesday, will feature some of the top players in the nation, with all vying for the national title as well as a spot on the U.S. U-21 national team that will compete at the Junior World Cup on July 27-Aug. 4 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
Duke coach Pam Bustin will also participate in this weekend’s tournament, overseeing the U-21 South squad, which includes rising senior Paula Heimbach and rising sophomore Hannah Barreca. Rising junior Abby Beltrani and rising sophomore Amanda Kim will represent the Blue Devils on the West team, while classmate Aileen Johnson is slated to compete on the North squad and redshirt sophomore Lauren Blazing and incoming freshman Heather Morris on the Metro team.
Track and Field
Duke: Three current members and two alums of the Duke track and field team will compete at the 2013 USA Track and Field Championships scheduled Wednesday through Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa. Redshirt juniors Curtis Beach and Juliet Bottorff will compete in the men’s long jump and women’s 10,000 meters, respectively, while freshman Megan Clark will compete in the junior division of the women’s pole vault. The trio will be joined by recent graduate Cydney Ross in the women’s 800 and 2007 graduate Shannon Rowbury in the women’s 1,500.
Duke: Former Olympic fencer Jacek Huchwadja joined the Duke fencing staff as an assistant coach, Duke coach Alex Beguinet announced.