Alex Smalley (Duke Athletics photo)
FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 1, 2018) – Duke out-paced an all-star field Monday at Colonial Country Club and moved into the lead at the Nike Golf Collegiate. The Blue Devils posted a 6-under 274, the round of the day by four shots, to climb to the top of what had been a crowded leaderboard. Duke has a slim two-shot lead on Clemson.
Duke started the day four shots off the lead, but its top four scorers went 5 under in the first three holes. That included an eagle at No. 1 from Chandler Eaton
, who had 3-under 67 for the day. That wasn’t even the best Blue Devil score – Alex Smalley
had 4-under 66.
Still, Eaton is part of an eight-man tie for first at 3 under. That group also includes Stanford’s Isaiah Salinda
, Georgia’s Trent Phillips
, Texas’ Cole Hammer
, TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli
, Clemson’s Turk Pettit
, Wake Forest’s Eric Bae
and Vanderbilt’s Mason Greenberg
, who had the solo lead after Round 1.
Already this season, Duke has finished T-2 at its own Rod Myers Invitational, then followed up with a win at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge.
“We had a really good day,” Duke head coach Jamie Green said. “Our guys did an excellent job of playing with a lot of confidence and picking the golf course apart. The course is a great test. What I saw in our guys today, is we positioned it well and fought through the course to make it as stress-free as possible. We had really good demeanor and we had a magnificent short game from top to bottom.”
Georgia’s second-round 2-under 278 was the next-best team score on Monday and brought the Bulldogs up six spots on the leaderboard to a tie for sixth. They are 11 shots off the pace.
Clemson was the only other team to score under par in the second round (a 1-under 279), and the Tigers stand in solo second at 1 over. Texas and Wake Forest are tied for third at 4 over. Vanderbilt, the first-round leader, is fifth at 9 over.
Information from Duke Athletics used in this report
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