RALEIGH, N.C. – On a day that saw host North Carolina State run away with the lead and eventual tournament title, Duke held a steady position near the top of the leaderboard and finished third with an 849 (-3) stroke total in the Wolfpack Spring Open.
North Carolina State and Clemson finished -31 and -18, respectively, but the Blue Devils’ 279 (+4) round would be enough to garner a position among the top three with their ACC counterparts.
Duke’s No. 5 man entering the tournament, Matt Oshrine, ended the event with a team-low 209 (-4) which was good enough for a share of seventh. The senior put together a bogey-less front nine for the third consecutive time in the tournament, en route to recording a 69 (-2) for the afternoon.
Alex Smalley rounded out his three days with a 213 (E) to his name after shooting a 71 (E) on Saturday. The Wake Forest, N.C. native would put together a two-birdie back nine on his way to finishing tied for 23rd.
"I struggled a bit on the front nine, but I started hitting the ball better on the back," Smalley said. "For the entire tournament, I hit the ball fairly well. I gave myself a lot of good looks, but struggled with putting so I know what I need to spend time on getting ready for the ACCs."
Teammates Alexander Matlari and Chandler Eaton both finished at four over for the tournament, as Matlari would go on to tally a 73 (+2) and Eaton a 75 (+4). Eaton capped both ends of his round with birdies, but would face six bogeys in between. Their performances landed them on the leaderboard tied for 33rd.
Coming in fifth for Duke’s lineup was junior Adam Wood who finished the afternoon at 83 (+12) and concluded the tournament at 223 (+10).
Leading the group of individuals for Duke was Steven DiLisio, who secured a 208 (-5) after shooting a solid 71 (E). DiLisio’s final round was highlighted by the Duke’s lone eagle which came on the 11th hole. The freshman finished 6th.
Junior Jake Shuman also shined in the tournament, shooting under par both on the day and for the weekend. Shuman, who hails from Needham, Mass., scored a 70 (-1) and left Raleigh with a 210 (-3) stroke total and a share of 10th place. Like teammate Smalley, Shuman also avoided the bogey column on the back nine.
"Last weekend I was able to get in some good work with my swing coach and gain some much needed confidence," Shuman said. "Finishing in the top 10 with playing the par 5's over par is pretty encouraging, and overall, it was a good tournament and confidence boost to end the regular season."
Ben Silverman and Andrew Bieber both finished above par, scoring a 72 (+1) and a 77 (+6) to give them a 216 (+3) and 226 (+13) for the event, respectively. Silverman ended tied for 31st and Bieber, tied for 67th.
The Blue Devils’ next action will come in the form of the ACC Championship, beginning Friday, Apr. 21 and proceeding through Sunday, Apr. 23.