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Blue Devils Finish Weekend of Split-Squad Action
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/03/2017
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PORTLAND, OR – Senior Adam Wood managed to snag a share of 10th in the Nike Golf Collegiate Invite on Tuesday as his 207 (-6) effort gave him his first top 10 finish of the season.

Overall, the team finished eleventh at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, shooting a 300 (+16) in their final round to cap off an 855 (+3) for the tournament. 

Prior to their final round, the Blue Devils had posted scores of 278 (-6) and 277 (-7) on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

Wood’s 207 (-6) came in impressive fashion, as the senior carded a 66 (-5), a 68 (-3) and a 73 (+2), tallying 10 birdies in total, half of which were garnered in his first-round, bogeyless back nine.

Head coach Jamie Green, encouraged by his senior's performance, addressed Wood's tournament. 

"Adam played solidly for three days. Not as many putts dropped for him today, but he can certainly use this event as a springboard."

Senior Jake Shuman and sophomore Chandler Eaton both finished the event tied for 38th, as the former’s 77 (+6) and the latter’s 75 (+4) landed them each at 215 (+2).

Shuman snared one birdie on the afternoon, while Eaton secured five.

Finishing fourth for the Blue Devils was Alex Smalley, whose 76 (+5) pushed him to 219 (+6) for the weekend. The junior finished 55th.

Rounding out the lineup was freshman Adrien Pendaries, who shot a 221 (+8) that featured a final round of 76 (+5).

Following play on Tuesday, coach Green spoke on his team's weekend in Portland; specifically how they plan to move forward.

"This game can beat up your ego if you let it,” Green said. “We won't let it. These players are loaded with physical, mental and emotional talent. They're disciplined, they're hard-working, and they possess the desire needed to spark the daily road to improvement. It was a rough day for us. That's for sure. It's going to sting a little bit for a little while. But only for a little while. Our guys are smart enough to assess good days and bad days. We won't shy away from ownership of those things we could've done better. We'll look at today as critically as any day and we'll get to work. We won't just blow it off and ignore it. We'll be decisive about what to work. That said, our guys won't lose an ounce of confidence or self-belief for our next opportunity to succeed in competition. In fact, our guys wish it were tomorrow."

Final Team Scores

1. Oklahoma (825, -27)
2. Stanford (828, -24)
3. Vanderbilt (834, -18)
4. Clemson (837, -15)
5. Florida (841, -11)
T6. Wake Forest (842, -10)
T6. Southern California (842, -10)
8. Texas (848, -4)
9. TCU (852, E)
10. Oregon (853, +1)
11. Duke (855, +3)
12. Washington (859, +7)
13. Arizona (863, +11)
14. Georgia (870, +18)
15. Ohio State (877, +25)

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In the Hummingbird Intercollegiate held at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley in Sapphire, N.C., five Blue Devils represented the program as individuals seeking a title in the 54-hole tournament.

Freshman Evan Katz, who posted a noteworthy 204 (-9) for the event, finished tied for second after posting three under-par rounds of 70, 67, and 67, respectively.

In just his second tournament, Katz finished only two strokes behind individual champion Colby Patton of Clemson who shot a 202 (-11).

Senior Ben Silverman also secured a top-10 finish, shooting a 210 (-3) that was highlighted by an opening round of 68 (-3). 

Sophomore Harrison Taee finished as the third-best Blue Devil, as a 216 (+3) stroke total landed him T18 on the leaderboard.

Sophomore Steven DiLisio rounded out the tournament with a seven-over 220, while junior Shrish Dwivedi capped his play with a 225 (+12).

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