DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore standout Chandler Eaton of the Duke men’s golf team is set to open up play in The Patriot All-America Invitational Friday morning, with action running through the end of Sunday.
Eaton, who garnered a 71.33 stroke average with the Blue Devils through 12 rounds this fall, will aim to conclude the calendar year with a strong finish among this weekend’s field of 84 golfers.
The 54-hole amateur event is set to take place at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona, and will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST Friday. Eaton will tee off from the 10th hole with Logan Lowe and Hunter York at 12:30 p.m. EST.
"I’m super excited to be out in Arizona playing," said Eaton. "This tournament is a great opportunity to get some reps in before the spring. The weather back home is pretty bad so it is tough to get out and play. I’m curious to see where my game is at before we head into the spring."
According to the official Patriot All-America event website, “The unique aspect of this Championship is that it also honors our military heroes. In fact, that is the foundation of this event. We honor the military throughout the week. At the opening ceremony, each golfer receives and carries a commemorative PING golf bag that bears the name and branch of a fallen or wounded hero from their hometown or school. Additionally, all of the golfers have the opportunity to visit Luke Air Force Base, the training center for our nation’s F-16 and F-35 fighter pilots. There, they meet with the General, fighter pilots and crew, and tour the base while participating in activities rarely seen by civilians.”
Eaton’s Blue Devils resume their 2017-18 campaign February 5th with the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a two-day tournament held at the TPC Sawgrass Dye Valley Course.