LOS CABOS, MEXICO — In the second round of the Querencio Cabo Collegiate, Duke improved their position on the leaderboard thanks due in part to another day of consistent play from freshman Chandler Eaton and senior Alex Matlari.
The Blue Devils collectively recorded a 282 on the afternoon, setting themselves up for the final day of the tournament with a seven-over par total.
Eaton, who started the day tied for 16th, concluded the round tied for 7th after shooting a three-under par 68 (including an eagle), putting his stroke count at 138.
Patience was, again, the key for the Alpharetta, Ga. native. “I stayed extremely patient because I knew I couldn’t get ahead of myself,” he said. “I never told myself I needed to make birdies; I just kept plugging along.”
Matlari finished the second round with a 68 (-3), also improving his status on the leaderboard, jumping from T-46 to T-24. The senior from Leimen, Germany improved from his 74 (+3) effort yesterday, landing him a 143 (+1) through two days.
Attitude played a huge role on the links for Matlari, as perspective enabled him to focus on enjoying the experience. “It’s hard to get angry out here,” he said. “You look around at the course and forget about everything negative.”
Junior Jake Shuman matched his day one efforts on day two, shooting a 72 (+1) to bring his total to 144 and leaderboard standing to T-29.
Sophomore Alex Smalley was notably better on Monday, tallying a 73 (+2), a four-shot improvement from the day before.
Adam Wood rounded out action for Duke with a 78 (+7) on the afternoon. He will enter the third and final day of the tournament with a 157 (+15) stroke total.
Head coach Jamie Green is confident in his team’s ability to finish strong, primarily due to his belief that his players can remain consistent. “Consistency starts with their thought process,” he said. “They’ve done a good job of not getting too high or low. They don’t get deterred if something goes the wrong way, which is the mindset that produces the scores we’re looking for.”
The Blue Devils enter tomorrow 23 strokes behind the leader, Oklahoma State, but will look to keep finding the fairways and greens on an unforgiving Querencia course that has lived up to its reputation through two days.
Tee times for Tuesday are slightly different than the first two rounds, with action starting an hour earlier—10 a.m. ET.
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com