PHOENIX, ARIZ. – On what seemed to be a weekend where nothing could go wrong for Duke, the 21st-ranked Blue Devils handedly took the title at the GCU Invitational after shooting a miraculous 829 (-23).
A six stroke lead at the conclusion of the event gave Duke their first victory of the spring, beating out tournament host Grand Canyon, who finished second with an 835 (-17).
Sophomore Alex Smalley ended the tournament for Duke with an impressive and team-best 204 (-9) after finishing the day with a 66 (-5). Smalley would finish the tournament tied for second, his best finish of the year, thanks to eight birdies in his final round.
Alexander Matlari rounded out his tournament with a 69 (-2), which gave him a 206 (-7) stroke total for the event. The senior only recorded one bogey on the day, and as a result, would finish fourth on the leaderboard.
Senior Matt Oshrine’s six-birdie, 69 (-2) on the second day brought his stroke total to 209 (-4), good enough for a third place finish for Duke’s A team. Overall, he would finish tied for ninth in the event.
Also finishing under par was Jake Shuman, concluding the tournament one under par as a result of a 69 (-2) for his last round. The junior had four birdies to overshadow his two bogeys on the afternoon, and would finish 18th.
Coming in fifth for the A team was freshman Chandler Eaton, who, despite finishing last for Duke, still managed a 216 (+3) for the invitational after scoring a 72 (+1) in his last 18 holes. Eaton placed tied for 27th in his third tournament of the spring.
Leading the way for Duke’s B team was Adam Wood, ending his afternoon with a one over par effort and a 215 (+2) overall stroke total. Even with six bogeys in the round, the junior managed to tally five birdies to land him tied for 23rd on the leaderboard.
Junior Ben Silverman shot a 217 (+4) over the course of Friday and Saturday to place himself tied for 30th. His 72 (+1) round on Saturday was highlighted by a bogey-less back nine.
Senior Andrew Bieber and freshman Steven DiLisio both finished at seven over par (T-47), but the senior edged out the freshman on Saturday by a stroke. Bieber managed a 73 (+2), meanwhile DiLisio finished with a 74 (+3).
Sophomore Shrish Dwivedi was unable to find the red on Saturday, and would finish with an 80 (+9) for the day and a 240 (+27) for the event.
The B team would finish the event with sole control of 11th place.
Duke’s individual for the GCU Invitational, Harrison Taee, was also unable to garner any birdies on his final round, shooting a 78 (+7) that would give him a share of 67th on the leaderboard with a 224 (+11) total stroke score.
Duke’s next tournament will be the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. The event is set to begin Friday, Mar. 31 and continue through Apr. 2.