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Duke Places Fourth at Mason Rudolph Championship
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/02/2017
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FRANKLIN, TENN. – Duke concluded the Mason Rudolph Championship on Sunday afternoon, finishing fourth on the leaderboard after shooting a 280 (-4) for the third straight day, garnering a stroke total of 840 (-12) for the tournament.

The Blue Devils battled a variety of winds Friday through Sunday, but concluded all three days of the event in fourth, a testament to their consistency this spring.

Sophomore Alex Smalley rounded out his tournament effort with a 70 (-1) performance to put him at an impressive 208 (-5) for the weekend. Duke’s low man over the three days finished tied for 10th after three consecutive rounds of under-par play.

“The wind was different all three days, so it was challenging trying to adjust to that,” the Wake Forest, N.C. native said. “But I felt the best part of my game this weekend was my putting, as I made a few momentum-building putts coming down the stretch to help me in the end.”

Teammate Alexander Matlari also put together a 70 (-1) afternoon with four birdies, good enough for a 210 (-3) weekend. The senior ended the weekend tied for 15th.

“I didn’t think I was hitting it my best the past three days, it was just one of those weekends,” Matlari said. “But what I think I did well was managing myself well on the course, putting myself into good situations off the tee, and not putting myself under pressure to make great shots giving me the chance to capitalize on the chances I had.”

Freshman Chandler Eaton and junior Adam Wood both finished with a 211 (-2) stroke total to their names after recording 70 (-1) efforts on the day and combining for eight birdies. Both finished tied for 22nd on the overall leaderboard.

Coming in fifth for Duke’s lineup was junior Jake Shuman, who finished tied for 64th after scoring a 79 (+8) to give him a 227 (+14) stroke total for the tournament.

Duke’s next tournament will be the Wolfpack Spring Open at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C. The two-day event will take place on Apr. 14 and 15.

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