RALEIGH, N.C. – On the opening day of the Wolfpack Spring Open held at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, No. 19 Duke continued its season that has been characterized by consistency since day one.
Keeping themselves in the heat of things was the key to capping off a successful day, and the Blue Devils did just that, shooting a 282 (-2) in round one and a 279 (-5) to give themselves a respectable 561 (-7), good enough for sixth on the leaderboard.
As a result of some last minute changes to the field, Duke added three individuals to the original six (five team, one individual), ultimately putting forth into competition nine total Blue Devils.
Alexander Matlari, Chandler Eaton, Alex Smalley, Adam Wood and Matt Oshrine composed the team element for Duke, and Jake Shuman, Andrew Bieber, Ben Silverman, and Steven DiLisio entered as individuals.
After two rounds, teammates Matt Oshrine and Adam Wood led the way, both shooting even 71s in their opening round while following up with impressive 69 (-2) rounds to conclude the evening. Oshrine’s day was highlighted by bogey-less front nines in both rounds, something he believed contributed to his overall momentum.
“There wasn’t a ton of wind, and Lonnie Poole is usually on the windy side,” Oshrine observed, “but I was able to get off to a good start in both rounds and feel pretty good most of the day. It was nice to put together almost a full round of quality golf in both rounds today. I’m not too far off from shooting a low number, it simply comes down to finishing off the rounds well.”
Wood managed nine birdies in total, something that greatly contributed to his ability to finish the day tied for 16th along with Oshrine.
Sophomore Alex Smalley and freshman Chandler Eaton also performed soundly, rounding out day one of play with an even 142 stroke total to show after two rounds. Smalley scored a pair of 71 (E) rounds on the afternoon, landing him tied for 29th, while Eaton countered his opening 69 (-2) performance with a 73 (+2) round.
Alexander Matlari, who, despite shooting a 74 (+3) to open the tournament, fought to garner a gutsy 70 (-1) to finish the day on the right note. The back nine of his second round was highlighted by a bogey-less, two birdie stretch.
For the individual group, freshman Steven DiLisio played far and above his age, simply dominating the birdie column en route to a 137 (-5) total. In his first round, where he scored a 68 (-3), the Swampscott, Mass. native tallied five birdies, only to do the same thing in his second round, a 69 (-2).
Junior Jake Shuman also finished under par, recording a team-best 66 (-5) opening round while adding a 74 (+3) to end the day.
With one round left to play, head coach Jamie Green feels confident in what his team is capable of.
“We are in a really good frame of mind right now,” Green said.
Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, with live scoring available via golfstatresults.com.