ALPHARETTA, GA – The men’s golf program dominated the second round of the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, shooting a 276 (-12) to round out the day tied for second with Texas, pushing their weekend stroke total to 558 (-18).
Currently trailing ACC foe and tournament leader Wake Forest by just five strokes, the Blue Devils doubled their effort from yesterday, where they shot six-under par to finish the day tied for third.
Building off the momentous round from Friday, junior Alex Smalley shot an incredible 65 (-7) to give him the outright lead on the leaderboard heading into Sunday’s action. Smalley’s card was red all over, as he snared five birdies on the front before tallying another three on the back. His lone bogey on No. 6 would not deter him, as he currently sits at an impressive twelve under.
“It was a good day, I got off to a good start,” Smalley said. “I played well in qualifying leading up to this week, so I knew I could play well. I haven’t put a whole lot of stress on myself. I think the reason my score was lower today than it was yesterday was because my approach shots were a little closer so I had better looks at birdie.
Alpharetta native Chandler Eaton boasted a 66 (-6) that was highlighted by seven birdies and just one bogey which came on No. 2. Following that, it was nothing but red from there on, as back-to-back birdies on 3 and 4 and four consecutive birdies from No. 10 through 13 pushed the sophomore to nine under overall.
Playing on his home course, Eaton expressed his confidence in his ability to play it.
“I’ve played the course in every condition possible, so if there’s some weird wind or something like that, I know what to expect,” Eaton said. “Knowing how to play the course is interesting, because it feels like you can make a lot of birdies out there, but sometimes you need to lay back and take your medicine. Ever since the Nike Tournament, I’ve made it my goal to focus on every shot, and treat every shot with the same amount of intensity, and so today I went on a run where I just made a lot of birdies.”
Jake Shuman put together a solid performance for round two, matching his three bogeys with three birdies to finish the day at even par. Through two days of plays, the Needham, Mass. native is at three-over par.
Steven DiLisio improved three strokes from yesterday’s performance, shooting a one-over 73 that was made up of a pair of birdies, a bogey, and a double. The sophomore now sits at five over heading into the final day of play.
Senior Adam Wood was unable to avoid the bogeys on Saturday, carding four and a double while snagging just two birdies. With the four-over 76, Wood finished the afternoon at three over for the tournament.
Head coach Jamie Green discussed afterwards how pleased he was with his team’s effort on day two.
“There were a number of teams that played really well, us being one of them,” Green said. “We had a couple of guys get things going, and they kept the pedal down. They didn’t try to hold on, they just tried to keep getting more, and they put up terrific rounds. For the other guys, while it wasn’t a great day, they hung in there and they grinded and fought until the end. We needed some par saves and a couple things coming down the stretch from those guys that end up mattering just as much when you add up the team score. We're looking forward to tomorrow’s opportunity.”
Alex Smalley – 1
Chandler Eaton – T4
Jake Shuman – T-59
Adam Wood – T-59
Steven DiLisio – T-67
Live scoring for Sunday’s final round will be available via golfstat.com.