PHOENIX, ARIZ. – After shooting a 287 (+3) in the opening round of the GCU Invitational, Duke’s A team put together a phenomenal 269 (-15) second round to place themselves atop the leaderboard at the conclusion of day one.
Senior Alexander Matlari ended his first round with a 74 (+3) stroke total, but was lights out in his follow-up effort, securing eight birdies en route to a bogey-less 63 (-8), a course stroke record. Matlari’s second round score is his lowest this year, and it helped him finish the day tied for fourth.
Sophomore Alex Smalley was impressive in both rounds, shooting a 69 (-2) to start the day, and finishing up with the same. He will begin tomorrow with a 138 (-4), good enough for a current tie for sixth.
Ending the evening tied for 12th was senior Matt Oshrine, who opened up with an even 71 and closed with a 69 (-2). The Baltimore, Md. native recorded four birdies in the second round to successfully trump the two bogeys on holes 8 and 13. Oshrine would finish Friday tied for 12th.
Despite scoring three bogeys in his second round, junior Jake Shuman tallied six birdies to bring his total to 68 (-3) and overall score to +1. The Needham, Mass. native recovered nicely with his follow-up effort after shooting a 75 (+4) to open the day.
Freshman Chandler Eaton rounded out the A team’s day by shooting a 144 (+2) to land him on the leaderboard tied for 34th. He recorded a 73 (+2) in his first round and rebounded with an even 71 to conclude the day.
For Duke’s B team, junior Adam Wood led the way with a 143 (+1) effort, shooting an even 71 in the first round followed by a 72 (+1) in the second round. Two bogeys in the latter effort would overshadow a lone birdie, but would still be enough to put him tied for 26th.
Junior Ben Silverman ended his day with a 145 (+3) after recording a 77 (+6) and a 68 (-3). The Toledo, Ohio native’s second round was highlighted by five birdies that would push him back up the leaderboards where he would end the evening tied for 40th.
Steven DiLisio will begin tomorrow atop a 146 (+4) stroke total as a result of a pair of 73 (+2) rounds. The freshman currently sits tied for 46th.
Participating as an individual for Duke, freshman Harrison Taee shot two 73 (+2) rounds to put himself at 146 (+4) on the leaderboards, tied for 46th.
Duke returns for the second and final day of the tournament on Saturday. Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com.