PORTLAND, OR – Following the first round of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invite held at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon, the Duke men’s golf team found itself tied for fifth out of fifteen with 278 (-6) strokes in today’s action.
Edging out ACC rivals Wake Forest and Clemson who finished the day at seventh and eighth, respectively, the Blue Devils now share their spot on the leaderboard with Florida as both currently sit one stroke behind Southern California.
Adam Wood boasted the team’s best round to open the tournament, as the senior tallied six birdies and one bogey to cap a 66 (-5) afternoon. Of the six birdies, five came on his bogeyless back nine. With the effort, the Zionsville, Ind. native holds a share of fourth on the leaderboard heading into Monday’s round.
"The round started slow," said Wood, "but I was hitting my targets and knew if I made a couple adjustments then I'd get some close looks for birdie on the back nine. I was patient and hit my short irons very close on the way in, and that combination led to some birdies and stress free pars."
Sophomore Chandler Eaton finished Sunday’s round at two under par, helping him conclude the day tied for 18th. Playing the front nine seemingly perfect, Eaton carded a pair of birdies before making the turn where he would match his second pair of birdies with two bogeys.
Coming in at No. 3 for the Blue Devils was Jake Shuman, who finished strong to round out his day. Despite recording four bogeys, the senior managed to snare five birdies to give himself a one-under 70 and set himself up nicely for the second day of play. Shuman currently sits tied for 23rd.
Junior Alex Smalley and freshman Adrien Pendaries both scored one-over 73s, landing them at 46th on the leaderboard.
Duke will begin Monday’s round six strokes behind leader and reigning national champion Oklahoma Sooners.
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com.