WAILUA, Hawai’i -- A trio of Blue Devils each carded an opening-round 70 as the No. 2 Duke men’s golf team began play Thursday at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Wailua, Hawai'i.
Duke is in fifth place through 18 holes in the 20-team field with its three-under 285, just five strokes back of No. 24 BYU on a tightly-packed leaderboard. No. 20 Texas A&M is second (-7), No. 11 Arizona State (-6) is third and St. Mary’s (Calif.) is fourth (-4).
Senior Alex Smalley and juniors Chandler Eaton and Steven DiLisio each posted two-under scores of 70 on Thursday on the par-72, 6,991-yard Wailua Golf Club. The three are each tied for ninth place and four strokes back of the leaders.
DiLisio closed strong on Thursday, carding birdies on each of last two holes to sign for a 70. Of his six birdies, three came over his final six holes. Eaton and Smalley each went out in two-under 34, with Eaton bouncing back from bogies on 15 and 17 to birdie 18 and finish at two-under for the round.
Junior Adrien Pendaries opened with a 75, while sophomore Evan Katz posted a 77. Playing individually, senior Shrish Dwivedi fired a two-over 74.
Friday’s second round is underway at 8 a.m. HT (1 p.m. ET) as the Blue Devils are paired with New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara and North Carolina.