DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s golf team shot a collective six-under on Sunday to secure a fifth-place finish at the Rod Myers Invitational at Duke University Golf Club.
The Blue Devils finished the tournament with a total of 866 (+2) after tying for the best round in the field on Sunday. Wake Forest claimed the RMI championship for the second consecutive season.
“We played pretty well today,” Duke head coach Jamie Green said. “After a few sluggish starts, to make the turnaround that we did and create the momentum to finish well on these tough finishing holes, I applaud our guys. We’re in good shape.”
Junior Jake Shuman got on a roll on Sunday, ripping off eight birdies in an 11-hole span in the middle of his final round on the way to a four-under 68. Shuman bounced back from a slow start after opening the round plus-three through four holes.
The Needham, Mass., native tied for eighth place with a total of 214 (-2) for the season-opening event.
“Jake feeds off of momentum as much as anybody,” Green said. “Once he gets it going, he gets a look in his eye. He’s got a lot of length, so he can scare the hole and make some birdies. He got in a good frame of mind after starting the round tight. He turned it around and put up a number.”
Senior Matt Oshrine was also on a tear on Sunday, firing a final-round 69 (-3). He closed out the front nine in style with a birdie on No. 8 and an eagle on No. 9. The Baltimore native finished the tournament in a tie for 32nd with a total of 221 (+5).
“Matt wasn't feeling well today, but he would never say anything because he doesn’t make excuses,” Green said. “Sometimes, you benefit from that because you know you have to focus shot-to-shot. He didn’t get ahead of himself and focused through each moment.”
Senior Max Greyserman shot 73 (+1) on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 18th with a total of 217 (+1). Sophomore Alex Smalley played at level par (72) on Sunday and finished in a tie for 27th with a total of 220 (+4), while freshman Chandler Eaton finished his first collegiate tournament in a tie for 32nd with a total of 221 (+5).
Junior Ben Silverman shot a career-best round of 67 (-5) on Sunday, posting a round that featured an eagle and five birdies. He finished the tournament in a tie for 53rd with a total of 225 (+9).
“For Ben to walk away from this event with that great number is a real shot of confidence for him,” Green said. “One of the coolest quotes of the day was something that not many people heard. Jake (Shuman) and Ben are roommates, and Ben had an eagle put on the last hole to beat Jake today. Somebody told Jake that if Ben two-putted, he would tie Jake. Jake didn’t bat an eye before he said, ‘I hope he beats me.’ To have that kind of camaraderie is neat.”
Junior Adam Wood was the top finisher of the contingent of Blue Devils playing as individuals at the RMI, carding an even-par round on Sunday. He finished in a tie for 32nd with a total of 221 (+5). Senior Andrew Bieber finished in a tie for 40th with a total of 222 (+6), while sophomore Shrish Dwivedi tied for 58th with a total of 227 (+11). Senior Alexander Matlari tied for 62nd with a total of 228 (+12) and freshman Steven DiLisio placed 81st with a total of 251 (+35).
The Blue Devils will be back in action on Monday, Sept. 19, when they open play at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio. The 54-hole tournament is set for two days, 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.