FORT WORTH, Texas – Sophomore Adrien Pendaries and junior Chandler Eaton each carded even-par rounds of 70 on Sunday and the No. 9 Duke men’s golf team sits tied for fifth after 18 holes at the Nike Golf Collegiate Challenge at the Colonial Country Club.
The Blue Devils shot 285 as a team and enter Monday’s second round just four strokes back of No. 16 Vanderbilt. No. 13 Clemson and Wake Forest are each one back, No. 8 Texas is two back, while Oregon is tied with Duke on a tightly-packed leaderboard that saw no team shoot under par Sunday.
Pendaries and Eaton each find themselves tied for eighth after 18 holes. Pendaries went out in one-under 34 with birdies on both par-3s on the front side. He closed in one-over 36, also draining a birdie on the par-3 16th.
“I played well today for the most part,” said Pendaries. “I hit some good shots and missed in the correct spots for most of the round. But there is definitely some room for improvement tomorrow, especially with my short irons and wedges Colonial is just a very solid golf course that requires precise play to score under par. We will try to learn a little more everyday on the golf course and try to improve as the week goes on.”
Eaton birdied the par-4 9th to card a 35 on the front, and posted two more birdies on the back on his way to an opening-round 70. Sophomore Evan Katz opened his round with a birdie on the par-5 1st, and bounced back from consecutive bogeys on the 4th and 5th to card 13 consecutive pars en route to a one-over 71. Katz is in a tie for 19th.
Senior Alex Smalley shot a four-over 74 on Sunday, with sophomore Qi wen Wong opening with a 78.
Vanderbilt’s Mason Greenberg owns the first-round lead with his 66.
The Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational continues Monday morning with the second round. Live scoring can be found here.