LOS CABOS, MEXICO – At the conclusion of the first day of the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, the Duke men’s golf team saw itself in seventh after posting a five-over 289 to finish 13 strokes behind the current leader and last year’s tournament champion Oklahoma State.
Hosted at the Querencia Golf Club (par 71, 6,898 yards), the event features 10 top-25 teams, and four of those squads found themselves in fifth or better by the end of Sunday’s action.
Senior Jake Shuman recorded the team’s best 18, shooting a 70 (-1) that resulted in a scorecard that was nearly 50 percent red. On the day, the veteran carded seven birdies, including pairs on Nos. 14 and 15, as well as on 17 and 18. Shuman responded strongly to a bogey on No. 8, following with an eagle on 9. Shuman currently holds a share of eighth on the leaderboard.
"I can't remember the last time I made 7 birdies and an eagle in one round," Shuman said. "I hit a lot of quality shots but what I’m most proud of is how many putts I made. I've been working really hard lately in green reading and trusting my stroke and that paid off today. I'm happy with how I handled myself and didn't let the big numbers carry over to the next hole."
Alex Smalley finished just behind teammate Shuman, recording an even 71 that featured a quartet of birdies which ultimately helped the Wake Forest, N.C. native balance out a handful of bogeys and land him tied for 15th.
"I struggled early with the speed of the greens," said Smalley. "They've gotten quite a bit faster than when we first arrived on Friday. I hit the ball pretty well today so I didn't really get into a whole lot of trouble there. I adjusted my putting a little near the end and made some good ones near the end of my round to finish on a good note and have some momentum going into tomorrow's round."
Achieving par proved to be Eaton’s best friend in his opening round, as the sophomore did so on 14 of his 18 holes. Two bogeys and a double, however, would override his lone birdie on No. 4.
Dwivedi’s card ended up slightly more colorful, as the junior managed to scatter in a few birdies throughout his round as an answer to a trio of bogeys and a triple.
Freshman Adrien Pendaries struggled in his first round of the tournament, tallying four bogeys, a double and two triples en route to shooting a six-over 77. The highlight of his round, however, was an eagle on 9, identical to Shuman’s effort on the same hole. Pendaries also garnered three birdies on 12, 15 and 17. Pendaries now sits tied for 61st.
Below are the current standings through the opening round:
1. Oklahoma State (276, -8)
2. California (281, -3)
3. Arizona State (285, +1)
4. Texas (286, +2)
5. Florida State (287, +3)
6. Rice (288, +4)
7. Duke (289, +5)
8. Stanford (290, +6)
9. Ole Miss (291, +7)
10. South Florida (293, +9)
T11. Arkansas (296, +12)
T11. Vanderbilt (296, +12)
13. Houston (297, +13)
14. Baylor (299, +15)
15. Wake Forest (309, +25)
The team will continue play with tomorrow’s second round, set to begin at 11:00 a.m. EST with a shotgun start. Live scoring will continue to be available via golfstatresults.com, and a recap with round results will be available at GoDuke.com.