CARY, N.C. – The Stitch Intercollegiate field caught a glimpse of the talent possessed by Duke’s freshmen as the Blue Devils concluded Friday’s opening round fourth at 284 (-4) with the two youngest combining for a five-under day.
Pendaries balanced two bogeys on Nos. 3 and 6 with two birdies on 5 and 9, and he wouldn’t look back after making the turn. He went on to card another four birdies on a clean back nine, falling one stroke short of tying his season low 18 thus far (67).
“I certainly didn’t have my best game out there but I was able to make the best of it,” Pendaries said. “Missed it in the correct spots for most of the round. I played the par 5s well and made a few key up and downs that really kept the momentum going my way. If I can tidy up the long game tomorrow and keep chipping well, it should be another good day.”
Katz finished shortly after his teammate, wrapping up a gutsy 71 (-1) that featured five birdies on the day. With the under-par round, Katz finished among the top 10 through 18 holes with a T-9 result.
"Today was a solid start," said Katz. "I played the par 5s very well today at 3 under on those holes, which was a goal of mine coming into the tournament. I am very pleased to have helped the team, and that we put ourselves in prime position leading into the final two rounds."
Senior Jake Shuman signed for an even 72 Friday afternoon, snaring four birdies in the process. The Needham, Mass. native was, however, hit with a bogey on 11 and a double on 12, but would follow with his fourth and final birdie three holes later.
Finishing a stroke behind Shuman was Alex Smalley, whose back nine was an impressive response to a shaky front nine.
Smalley’s card found color on five consecutive holes on the front, consisting of two birdies, a bogey and two doubles.
The junior cruised after making the turn, going bogeyless with two birdies on 11 and 17, pushing his score to a one-over 73.
Sophomore Chandler Eaton rounded out his day with a 76 (+4), struggling to find the red in the early going. Eaton would tally three bogeys and a double on the front, but would go on to have a quieter back nine that featured a birdie with no holes over par.
Adam Wood—who is playing as one of two individuals for Duke—finished up his day nicely, shooting a one-under 71 that was highlighted by three birdies in his first five holes of competition. The senior, like his teammate Katz, finished the day tied for ninth.
Senior counterpart Ben Silverman’s round resulted in a 74 (+2) that included three birdies and five bogeys. With the effort, Silverman ended his afternoon tied for 37th.
Leaderboard Through First Round
Adrien Pendaries: T1
The Blue Devils return to action with tomorrow’s second round, aiming to surpass current leaders Wake Forest and North Carolina State, both of which are six under.
Live scoring will be available via golfstatresults.com, and a recap will be posted to GoDuke.com following the round.