PALM CITY, Fla. – The No. 2 Duke men’s golf team wrapped up its opening round of the Valspar Collegiate Championship on Sunday afternoon, posting a score of 290 (+6) that put the team in13th place on the leaderboard.
The team opened up action at the Floridian National Golf Club (par 71, 6,921), a course that would see senior Alex Smalley turn in the squad’s only under-par round. Smalley finished at 67 (-4), tying for sixth, after playing a bogie-free round. The Wake Forest, N.C. native drilled birdies on No. 4, No. 6, No. 17 and No. 18.
Junior Chandler Eaton posted a score of 73 (+2) to end the day tied for 41st, and stand second on the team. An Alpharetta, Ga., product, Eaton was saddled with bogies on No. 1, No. 4 and No. 12, but birdied has final hole, at No. 13.
Sophomore Adrien Pendaries started at No. 14 and was hit with bogies on No. 18 and No. 5, but got back to even par thanks to birdies on No. 6 and No. 7. He bogied No. 8 and double bogied his final hole, No. 13, to finish tied for 56th at 74 (+3).
Junior Steven DiLisio shot an opening round of 76 (+5), and enters Monday's second round tied for 68th place.
Sophomore Evan Katz wrapped up the Duke contingent in 70th place with a 77 (+6). Katz began his round with bogies on No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18 before rebounding with birdies on No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7 to sit at even. A bogie on No. 8, along with a triple bogie at No. 11 and double bogie at No. 14, left him at six-over par
The Blue Devils will return for day two Monday, trailing tournament leaders Florida State, South Carolina and Wake Forest by 12 strokes.
Leaderboard after opening round:
Alex Smalley: T-6
Chandler Eaton: T-41
Adrien Pendaries: T-56
Steven DiLisio: T-68
Evan Katz: T-70
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com, and a recap of the round will be posted at GoDuke.com.