SAMMAMISH, Wash. – The 23rd-ranked Duke men’s golf team begins its 2023-24 season on Saturday, Sept. 9, teeing off in the Sahalee Players Championship at Sahalee Country Club. A long-running amateur event, the Sahalee Players Championship is set to be held as a collegiate tournament for the first time in the event’s history and the individual medalist earns a Sponsorship Exemption into The Fortinet Championship, the PGA TOUR’s annual tournament held in Napa, Calif.
The inaugural iteration of the Sahalee Players Championship is made up of a prestigious field, with nine of the 12 teams ranked in the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches’ preseason Top-25 poll. No. 23 Duke is joined in the field by host Washington (RV) along with Arizona, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 9 Illinois, No. 16 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Pepperdine, Southern California, No. 7 Stanford, No. 17 Texas Tech, No. 11 Texas and No. 25 Wake Forest.
The three-round tournament is played across two days, Sept. 9 and 10, with the first 36 holes of competition held on Saturday and the final round on Sunday. Duke is slated to play alongside Arizona State and Texas Tech on Saturday, going off hole No. 1, starting at 11:35 a.m. ET. Tee times for the final round are determined following the first two rounds of play.
The Blue Devils’ lineup for the first event of the season consists of Bryan Kim, William Love, Kelly Chinn, Luke Sample and Ian Siebers. Also in the field for Duke is Daniel Choi, who is competing as an individual, and goes off of No. 1 at 12:35 p.m. ET in the first round.
Kim makes his Duke debut, fresh off his U.S. Junior Amateur victory in late July. Love aims to build off a record-setting freshman year that included claiming medalist honors with a 17-under, 199, at the Dorado Beach Collegiate and the most rounds in the 60’s by any Duke newcomer with 11. Siebers, a senior, is second all-time in program history for stroke average while juniors Chinn and Sample are ninth and fifth, respectively, in the same category.
Head coach Jamie Green returns nine golfers from a 2022-23 team that won four total events. Duke claimed team titles at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, White Sands Bahamas Invitational and…