PHOENIX, ARIZ. – With a quick turnaround from the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic, Duke will return to the links when they open up play in the 2017 GCU Invitational on Friday.
The 14-team tournament, held at the GCU Championship Golf Course (par 71, 7269 yards), will feature 36 holes on Friday and 18 holes on Saturday. Shotgun rounds will begin in the morning.
For the first time this spring, the Blue Devils will be traveling multiple teams to complete. "This is an exciting opportunity for us," head coach Jamie Green said, "to be able to bring this many guys out west for a weekend. It will be very good for the team."
Duke’s A team will be headed by freshman Chandler Eaton, who has performed magnificently this spring. Of the five days of tournament play for the Blue Devils, Eaton has led the team’s scoring at the conclusion of four. The Alpharetta, Ga. native will enter the tournament with a 71.24 scoring average.
No. 2 will be senior Alexander Matlari, who has also impressed in the early going of the spring season. He finished the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic with a share of the team lead thanks to a 212 (-4 effort). The Leimen, Germany native will bring with him a 71.89 stroke average.
Coming in at No. 3 is sophomore Alex Smalley, who finished the San Diego Classic tied for 34th, roughly the top third of the field. Despite shooting a 3 over par, his average sits at 72.19, fourth best on the team.
Junior Jake Shuman will enter at No. 4 with his 72.29 stroke average, less than a week after recording a 222 (+6) stroke total that was highlighted by an eagle in round three.
Rounding out the A team for Duke will be senior Matt Oshrine, who shot an impressive 71 (-1) on his final round of the San Diego Classic en route to an even 216, good enough for T-21 on the leaderboard. He is currently sitting atop a 73.00 average.
The B team will be led by Zionsville, Ind. native Adam Wood. The junior managed four birdies in his last round on Tuesday, and will begin play on Friday with a 72.82 scoring average.
The No. 2 spot will be filled by Andrew Bieber, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio. The senior’s last action came in the Heel Pack Individual, where he placed T-21 with a 154 (+10).
Shrish Dwivedi will hold down the No. 3 spot in the lineup, entering with a 74.50 stroke average.
Coming in at 4 and 5 will be junior Ben Silverman and freshman Steven DiLisio, holding a 75.14 and 79.58 stroke average, respectively. DiLisio recorded a victory in the Heel Pack Individual in late February, shooting a 143 (-1).
Freshman Harrison Taee will make his spring debut, playing as an individual for Duke this weekend.
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com.