CHULA VISTA, CALIF. – Following an opening round that left the team in the bottom third of the field, Duke managed to round out day one of the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic tied for eighth sitting on top of a 578 stroke total.
Freshman Chandler Eaton—despite hitting a 73 (+1) through his first 18—finished Monday with a team-best 141 (-3) that left him tied for sixth after reeling in a 68 (-4) in round two. Four bogeys in the first round would not deter the Alpharetta, Ga. native, as he would go on to secure five birdies in the second round, showing great poise and recovery for a freshman.
Senior Alexander Matlari performed excellently for the Blue Devils as well, landing himself T-14 in a tournament with 92 golfers. Duke’s No. 2 man finished the day with the same ranking for his team, shooting a 74 (+2) and a 69 (-3), giving him a 143 (-1) heading into day two. Matlari would also recover from a handful of early bogeys, cutting his number from four in the first round to two in the second. Additionally, he would top his opening four-birdie round by snagging five in the latter.
Coming in at third for the Blue Devils would be junior Jake Shuman, as a solid even-par effort in his first 18 would give way to a 75 (+3) to conclude the day. Five birdies in the initial round set him up for a promising second round, but the Needham, Mass. native would finish the day with the same five to his name. Shuman finished the day T-41 with a 147 (+3) stroke total.
Also rounding out day one with a 147 (+3) total was junior Adam Wood, Duke’s No. 4 man entering the tournament. Similar to his teammate Shuman, Wood had 75 (+3) and 72 (E) efforts with the only difference being that he ended the day with his even-par performance.
Junior Ben Silverman finished up his day fifth for Duke at 155 (+11), shooting a 78 (+6) and a 77 (+5), respectively. Silverman was unable to manage any birdies in the first round, but found the red twice thereafter.
Smalley had an impressive day for the Blue and White, finishing T-18 with an even 144 thanks in part to a pair of 72 (E) rounds. Teammate Oshrine finished just behind, garnering a 145 (+1) after shooting a 72 (E) and a 73 (+1). The Baltimore, Md. native concluded his evening T-27.
Duke will begin the second and final day of the tournament on Tuesday, with the shotgun start commencing at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com