DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke men’s golf team will split its squad for the final events of the fall season, competing this weekend at the Grandover Collegiate in Greensboro and the prestigious East Lake Cup in Atlanta. The 2018 East Lake Cup will feature the eight semifinalists from the 2018 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s golf national championships earlier this year.
The men’s division will include the reigning NCAA national champions Oklahoma State, national runner-up Alabama and semifinalists Duke and Auburn. The four women’s teams are Arizona, Alabama, Stanford and USC
The East Lake Cup begins Monday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, which annually hosts the PGA Tour Championship. Modeled after the NCAA Golf Championships, the format for the East Lake Cup consists of an opening round of stroke play Monday to crown an individual male and female champion and determine seeding for the following two days of match play competition.
Golf Channel will air live coverage from 3 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. of all three days of the East Lake Cup.
Duke’s lineup in Atlanta will be senior Alex Smalley in the No. 1 position, followed by junior Chandler Eaton, sophomore Adrien Pendaries, sophomore Evan Katz and senior Shrish Dwivedi.
The Grandover Collegiate, hosted by UNC Greensboro, begins Saturday at the Grandover Resort and brings together Duke, UNCG, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Mercer, Penn State, Appalachian State, Northwestern, Liberty, Rutgers, VCU, Chattanooga and East Carolina for a 54-hole event.
The teams will play 36-hole Saturday with a play beginning at 8:30 a.m., and concludes with 18 holes on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The Blue Devils will send four playing individually, juniors Steven DiLisio and Harrison Taee, sophomore Qi wen Wong and freshman Quinn Riley.
The Blue Devils have won two of the four events they’ve played this fall, finishing second and sixth in the other two. Oklahoma State enters the weekend No. 1, with Duke No. 3, Alabama No. 4 and Auburn No. 16. Smalley (14th) and Eaton (22nd) are each ranked among the top 25 men’s college players individually.
Live scoring for both events can be found at golfstat.com