STILLWATER, Okla. – Playing to maintain status among the top eight teams, Duke men’s golf held steady in Monday’s fourth round of stroke play to advance to Tuesday’s match play.
Having shot an 18-over 306 to move them to eight-over par, the Blue Devils punched their ticket to the match play stage for the first time since 2011—also in Stillwater—when they made it all the way to the semifinals before falling to the University of Georgia by a 3-2 split.
Finishing as Duke’s low man for the day, Freshman Adrien Pendaries concluded his fourth round with a three-over 75, despite shooting for bogey and two doubles on the back nine. The freshman was bogeyless on the front, snaring two birdies in the process. With the 75, Pendaries capped stroke play at four-over par.
Chandler Eaton struggled to fend off the bogey on a day where Karsten Creek was about as difficult as it could play, collecting six en route to shooting a four-over 76 that was highlighted by birdies on 1 and 14. The sophomore impressed over the course of stroke play, finishing the stretch at even par.
Evan Katz finished his fourth round with a 76 (+4) to move him to six-over for the tournament. The freshman would be hit with five bogeys on the day, but would make birdie on 6.
Unable to pick up where he left things off Sunday, Alex Smalley wrapped up day four with a 79 (+7). The junior garnered a quartet of birdies throughout, finding red on Nos. 2 and 9, as well as back-to-back on 17 and 18 to finish the day.
Senior Jake Shuman also rounded out his day with a seven-over 79 that featured a pair of birdies on 11 and 14. The Needham, Mass. native finished stroke play at 14-over.
Following the round, head coach Jamie Green spoke on his players’ perseverance and their ability to gather themselves following each hole, keys for the team heading into match play.
“The guys played with a lot of poise,” said Green. “The golf course was definitely playing pretty tough today. Yes, [our score] was higher, there’s no doubt about it from what we did yesterday, but again, I’ll go back to poise—the guys really collected themselves when they needed to. They’ve worked really hard to be in this position. They’re psyched, and they’re hungry. Seven o’clock is going to come a little bit early, but hopefully it’s a very long day with a couple of matches.”
The Blue Devils, seeded second, will tee off with Texas, seeded 7th, at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The Golf Channel will have television coverage of tomorrow’s match play, and live scoring will be provided by golfstatresults.com.