AWENDAW, S.C. – Led by a three-under-par, 69, by sophomore Adrien Pendaries, the fourth-ranked Duke men’s golf team opened the 2019 Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate with a one-under-par, 287, and sits tied for eighth overall at the Bulls Bay Golf Club.
Pendaries, who is from Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, opened action with three birdies over his first six holes and then closed with 12 straight pars to finish with a 69. He will enter round two only two strokes off individual leaders Charlie Hillier (Kansas), Rory Franssen (Missouri) and Julien Paltrinieri (Kent State).
South Carolina and Missouri both opened the tournament with a nine-under, 279, to hold the team lead. Kent State (280), Kansas (282), College of Charleston (285), Wisconsin (286), Virginia (286), Duke (287), West Virginia (287) and Iowa State (287) round out the top eight teams on the leaderboard.
Freshman Quinn Riley also got off to a hot start with birdies on No. 2 and No. 4. After a bogey on the fifth hole, Riley went back to two-under-par with his third birdie of the day on No. 6. He dropped three shots on No. 8, No. 12 and No. 13, but closed strong with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th to finish with a one-under-par, 71, which is tied for 22nd.
Featuring a solid even-par, 72, Sunday to open action, senior Alex Smalley is tied for 31st overall. The Wake Forest, N.C., product collected 16 pars, one birdie on No. 12 and a bogey in his first round.
Duke will tee off Monday in the second round beginning at 9 a.m., along with West Virginia and Virginia off hole No. 10. Live scoring will be available through BirdieFire.com.