SALEM, S.C. -- Sophomore Adrien Pendaries owns the outright lead after the opening round and the No. 9 Duke men’s golf team sits in third place at the Clemson Invitational entering the weekend.
Pendaries fired an eight-under par 64 in Friday’s opening round and holds a two-stroke lead over Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer. No. 8 Georgia Tech shot a 16-under 272 and leads the 15-team tournament by one over No. 14 Georgia, by three over the Blue Devils and by 11 over No. 17 Clemson with 36 holes remaining.
The 64 by Pendaries matches the career low round he fired in the opening round of the Louisville Cardinal Challenge this fall. The sophomore’s bogey-free card saw him birdie six holes and was punctuated by an eagle on the 383-yard, par-4 eighth hole.
“It’s been a while since I’ve gone that low,” said Pendaries. “I started the round with a nice birdie on 12 from about 25 feet, and played some decent golf for the next eight holes but made eight pars. I was able to stay patient after a number of close calls. It all payed off at the end with a really strong finish. On No. 8, I hit my drive to five-feet and made the eagle putt for a nice exclamation point on today’s round.”
Junior Chandler Eaton posted a three-under 69 and sits tied for ninth, while senior Alex Smalley, sophomore Evan Katz and junior Steven DiLisio each fired rounds of one-under 71 to round out Friday for Duke.
Saturday’s round at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls course in Salem, S.C., is underway at 9 a.m., with the Blue Devils teeing off at 10:40 a.m.