Blue Devils in fourth place at Golf Club of Georgia
ALPHARETTA, Georgia – Led by a strong first round of second year Jimmy zheng, the Duke men’s golf team began playing at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate Championship on Friday at the Golf Club of Georgia’s Lakeside Course in Alpharetta, Ga.
The Blue Devils, who were solid up and down the roster, shot a 280 under-8 as a team on Friday to sit fourth in the overall standings, five short of the lead established by Texas A&M and Pepperdine at 13 below par. East Tennessee State (-9) and Tennessee (-6) round out the top five of the 15-team field.
Zheng’s impressive 3-under-69 first round has Auckland, New Zealand, tied for ninth over 18 holes. Second year Ian siebers and first year student Kelly chinn each landed rounds of 70 under 2 balls to sit tied for 14th. First-year student Luc Sample has shot an under 71 and is tied for 26th, while the seniors Quinn Riley posted a 1-over 73 and is tied for 36th.
Zheng caught fire near the turn with birdies on the seventh par-4 and ninth par-5 to turn in 1-under 35. he pulled away from the fairway for the eagle with an 8 iron 158 yards. He birdied on the 11th par 5 to get 4 under, and had it again 4 under with a birdie on the 17th before ending the day at 3 under.
The last nine were also nice to Siebers, who ended up at 2 out of 10, before his eagle on the 11th par 5 brought him back to the same level. Birdies from 15 and 18 allowed the Bellevue, Wash. Native to shoot a 33-under-3 on the back and a 70-under-2 for the day.
Pepperdine’s Joe Highsmith is the leader on day one as his Under-63 was one shot off the tournament’s 18-hole record.
For Saturday’s second round, Duke is paired up with East Tennessee State and Stanford and the teams are out of the 10e departure from 9:20 am
4th out of 15. Duke (280, -8)
T9. Jimmy zheng – 69 (-3)
T14. Ian siebers – 70 (-2)
T14. Kelly chinn – 70 (-2)
T26. Luc Sample – 71 (-1)
T36. Quinn Riley – 73 (+1)