NEW LONDON, N.C. – Junior Chandler Eaton opened with a Duke ACC Championship record eight-under 64 on Thursday morning, and the No. 9 Duke men’s golf team is tied for second place after 36 holes of the 2019 ACC Championship.
Due to impending rain on Friday, the teams played 36 holes on Thursday at the Old North State Club in New London, N.C., with the final round set for Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. There will be no play on Friday.
The Blue Devils held the opening-round lead after posting a 17-under 271 in the morning, led by Eaton’s 64. Senior Alex Smalley fired a five-under 67, while sophomore teammates Adrien Pendaries and Evan Katz each signed for rounds of two-under 70. But Georgia Tech shot a 270 in Thursday’s second round and charged to the top of the leader board with its two-round score of 30-under 546. Duke, Florida State and Virginia are in a three-way tie for second at 13-under 563, with Wake Forest in fifth (566).
Eaton’s opening 64 was one stroke off the ACC Championship record (63) set by Brad Clark of Clemson in 1985 and set a new Duke ACC Championship mark. The junior from Alpharetta, Ga., arrived at the par 5, 18th hole needing an eagle to tie the record. His eagle chip came up about four feet short, which he then knocked in for his sixth birdie of the round. He opened with an eagle on the par-5, 1st.
Duke’s previous low round in the ACC Championship was a seven-under 65 by Adam Long in 2010. Eaton finds himself tied for 17th with a 36-hole total of two-under 142.
Smalley followed his five-under 67 in the morning with a one-over 73 in the afternoon and sits tied for eighth at four-under 140. He is nine back of the tournament’s leader, Andy Ogletree of Georgia Tech, with 18 holes remaining.
A native of Wake Forest, N.C., and semifinalist for the 2019 Ben Hogan Award, Smalley opened his tournament with four birdies on the front nine to turn in 32, and shook off a bogey on the par-3 17th to eagle the 18th and post his 67. His afternoon 73 included three more birdies on the front nine.
Pendaries posted rounds of 70 and 73 and is tied for 19th with a one-under 143. Katz’s day included rounds of 70 and 74, and the Washington, D.C., sophomore is tied for 25th at even-par 144. Junior Steven DiLisio is tie for 28th at one-over 145 (73-72). Duke and Wake Forest are only schools among the 12 to have all five golfers in the tournament’s top 30.
The Blue Devils begin Saturday’s final round with DiLisio teeing off at 9:30 a.m. ET, followed by Katz at 9:42, Pendaries at 9:54, Eaton at 10:06 and Smalley at 10:18. Duke will be paired with Florida State and Georgia Tech.
ACC Network Extra will carry live coverage beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Live scoring is available via www.golfstat.com.
t8. Alex Smalley (67-73=140, -4)
t18. Chandler Eaton (64-78=142, -2)
t19. Adrien Pendaries (70-73=143, -1)
t25. Evan Katz (70-74=144, E)
t28. Steven DiLisio (73-72=145, +1)
1. Georgia Tech (276-270=546, -30)
t2. Duke (271-292=563, -13)
t2. Florida State (278-285=563, -13)
t2. Virginia (280-283=563, -13)
5. Wake Forest (290-276=566, -10)
t6. Clemson (275-295=570, -6)
t6. Virginia Tech (282-288=570, -6)
8. NC State (287-286=573, -3)
9. Notre Dame (286-288=574, -2)
t10. North Carolina (297-282=579, +3)
t10. Louisville (286-293=579, +3)
12. Boston College (294-291=585, +9)