DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s golfers Alex Smalley, Chandler Eaton and Adrien Pendaries were named to the 2019 All-ACC Team, as the Blue Devils placed three on the All-Conference Team for the first time in program history.
The All-ACC Team was announced Wednesday, and includes 16 individuals. The top 13 spots were filled by golfers with the best average Golfweek and Golfstat rankings, while the final spots were determined by a vote of the conference’s head coaches.
The individual with the best average ranking was named the ACC Player of the Year -- Clemson’s Byrson Nimmer, while the true freshman with the best average ranking was named Freshman of the Year – Eugenio Chacarra of Wake Forest. Georgia Tech’s Bruce Heppler was voted ACC Coach of the Year by his peers.
Smalley, a senior from Wake Forest, N.C., finished second to Nimmer in the race for Player of the Year honors, while Eaton was 10th. Pendaries joined Georgia Tech’s Noah Norton and Virginia’s Thomas Walsh via the coaches’ vote. Smalley is a three-time All-ACC honoree, while Eaton earned his second mention (2017).
Duke’s All-ACC trio of Smalley, Eaton and Pendaries are on pace to have the best three scoring seasons in Duke history, and post the top three career averages. Smalley would be the first Blue Devil to shoot a season average of sub-70 (69.54), while his career average also tops the list (71.20). The senior won the Louisville Cardinal Challenge earlier this season in record fashion and his six top-five finishes are tied for second most.
In winning at Louisville, Smalley broke both the program’s 54-hole (-16, 197) and 36-hole (-15, 127) scoring record, and tied the program’s 18-hole mark with a 10-under 61 in the opening round. He is the No. 10-rated golfer nationally according to Golfweek. He also holds Duke career records for rounds in the 60’s (36), rounds of par or better (88) and top-five finishes (18).
A junior from Alpharetta, Ga., Eaton is currently second on Duke’s list in both single season (70.39) and career scoring average (71.37). He won the Nike Collegiate Invitational in the fall, and has 13 rounds in the 60’s – tied for second most in a single season at Duke. Eaton was second at the Rod Myers Invitational, was tied for second in the stroke play at the East Lake Cup and led the Blue Devils in ninth at the ACC Championship. He enters the NCAA Regional as the No. 19-rated golfer by Golfweek.
Pendaires, a sophomore from France, would be third in both season (70.64) and career (71.47) scoring average as he has followed up his impressive freshman campaign with another strong season. Pendaries' last three tournaments were a pair of 16th-place finishes Bulls Bay and the ACC Championship, and a career-best second place finish at the Clemson Invitational as he tied the program’s 54-hole scoring record at 16-under par. Ten of his 12 rounds this spring have been at par or better.
With three All-ACC selections this season, Duke boasts multiple honorees for just the eighth time in program history (1990, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017, 2019) and first time with more than two.
The Blue Devils are ranked sixth by Golfweek and enter the NCAA Regionals next week with the No. 2-seed in Athens, Ga. Duke is looking for a top-five finish at the University of Georgia Golf Club to advance to the NCAA Championship for the second straight season.
ACC Player of the Year
Bryson Nimmer, Clemson
Freshman of the Year
Eugenio Chacarra, Wake Forest
Coach of the Year
Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech
2018-19 Men’s Golf All-ACC Team
Bryson Nimmer, Sr., Clemson
Chandler Eaton, Jr., Duke
Adrien Pendaries, So., Duke
Alex Smalley, Sr., Duke
John Pak, So., Florida State
Noah Norton, So., Georgia Tech
Andy Ogletree, Jr., Georgia Tech
Luke Schniederjans, Jr., Georgia Tech
Tyler Strafaci, Jr., Georgia Tech
Matthias Schmid, So., Louisville
Austin Hitt, Jr., North Carolina
Stephen Franken, Sr., NC State
Benjamin Shipp, Jr., NC State
Eric Bae, Jr., Wake Forest
Cameron Young, Sr., Wake Forest
Thomas Walsh, Sr., Virginia