PALM CITY, Fla. -- Improving on yesterday’s two-over round, Duke found itself under-par in Monday’s second round of the Valspar Collegiate Championship, shooting a collective 282 (-2) to push their overall score to even.
Despite going two-under on the day, the Blue Devils found themselves in sixth at the conclusion of the round, dropping a spot from yesterday where they finished with a share of fifth.
No. 1 Oklahoma State continued its dominance in day two, expanding its lead to 12 strokes over Baylor, who jumped to second after finishing Sunday in fourth.
Duke’s low-man of the day was Alex Smalley, who carded five birdies and a long bogey to give himself a score of 67 (-4). Three of the five birdies came in consecutive order, as Smalley would go on a run from holes 6 through 8. The other two birdies also came back-to-back on holes 15 and 16. With the effort, the junior has placed himself in contention for an individual title in Tuesday’s final round, trailing current leader Viktor Hovland of Oklahoma State by just four strokes.
“I played pretty well today from tee to green,” Smalley said. I “hit a lot of greens so I gave myself a lot of good looks for birdie and I made a few. Like yesterday, I got off to a good start so it was nice to get momentum early and keep that for the rest of the round. Tomorrow the wind is supposed to blow around 20 miles per hour and maybe more so keeping the ball in play and on the green is going to be key."
Eaton found the red twice as much in his second effort, notching six birdies to give him nine for the tournament.
"Overall it was a great day for the team," said Eaton. "We are in a great position to make a run tomorrow. I'm going to keep my head down and go to work and good things will happen. I'm stoked for Smalley as well, he has a great opportunity to go win this tournament individually which would be really cool."
DiLisio managed to garner five birdies, a strong turnaround from his opening round where he would only find one. The sophomore would get hit with a double bogey on No. 9 and a pair of bogeys on 16 and 18, but with the under-par effort, he would improve his overall score to three-over.
"It's a very challenging course and you need to be focused for every shot," DiLisio said. "I think we're all feeling good about our games. The course is exciting and we're in a good place and feel like our best golf is still out there."
Senior Jake Shuman’s day would feature a triple bogey on 14, as well as a double on 17 and a pair of bogeys intertwined. However, with three birdies, Shuman would push his count to 10 through two rounds and 23 over his last five. Shuman would finish the day with a 75 (+5), and will enter tomorrow at two-over par.
Freshman Adrien Pendaries shot a 78 (+7) that included six bogeys and a double. Pendaries only birdie would come on No. 13. Through two rounds, Pendaries sits at nine-over.
Leaderboard through two rounds:
Duke will make one final push in tomorrow’s concluding round, with veteran Alex Smalley leading the charge.
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com, and a final recap will be posted to GoDuke.com.