ALPHARETTA, GA – Duke struggled to continue its stellar play from the first two rounds, dropping eight spots to 10th on Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.
Shooting an 854 through three days, the Blue Devils rounded out their weekend at ten under after shooting a 296 (+8) in their final round.
Alex Smalley, who began the day with the outright lead on the leaderboard, shot a 73 (+1) to drop to third. Upon making the turn, the junior was even through nine after notching a pair of birdies after opening up with two bogeys on No. 2 and 6. A double bogey on No. 11 hole would soon give way to Smalley’s final birdie of the weekend, pushing his tournament score to 11 under.
Sophomore Chandler Eaton began the day at nine under, but was unable to overcome three bogeys, a double and a triple which contributed to a 76 (+4). Overall, the Alpharetta native finished tied for 12th with a five-under weekend.
Jake Shuman’s two-over performance on the final day began with back-to-back birdies on No. 1 and 2, but would be followed by four bogeys scattered throughout the remaining portion of the round. The senior finished the tournament five over, tied for 63rd.
For the second consecutive day, Steven DiLisio posted a 73 (+1), which featured three birdies, a pair of bogeys and a double. The sophomore finished the tournament 68th at six-over par.
Senior Adam Wood was plagued with bogeys on Sunday, carding six with just two birdies to finish the day with a 76 (+4). For the weekend, Wood concluded with a seven-over-par effort, landing him with a share of 69th on the leaderboard.
Head coach Jamie Green remained optimistic after the round, speaking to the abilities he believes his entire team possesses and will continue to improve upon moving forward.
“To be the best team in the country, we have to continually work hard on the things we have control over,” Green said. “I think in a lot of cases, we did that well. We’re a proud bunch, we know we have a lot of talent on this golf team. And we’re going to continue to know that the talent isn’t just a physical talent. The talent is resiliency and hard work and regrouping. We are going to continue to work on those and make sure those are strengths. Regardless of what happened, how, or why it happened in the final round of the last two tournaments, we’ve got a strong team and we will get stronger.”
The Blue Devils will close out the fall portion of their schedule next weekend with the two-day Grandover Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C on Saturday, Oct. 28-29.