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Duke Completes First Day at NCAA Championship

Duke Completes First Day at NCAA Championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Duke men’s golf team finished its first round of play in the NCAA Championship, held at Grayhawk Golf Club, on Friday. The Blue Devils, playing in the morning wave on the par-70 course, ended the day at 10-over, 290, and in a tie for 17th place. Kelly Chinn finished with the low round of the day for Duke, using a late birdie on the hardest hole of the course to go 1-over through his first 18 holes of play.


  • Duke began play on No. 1 and finished its first round at 10-over, 290, on Friday. The Blue Devils are currently tied for 17th place with Alabama, Virginia and Stanford heading into Saturday’s second round.
  • Kelly Chinn signed for a 1-over, 71, for his first round. He started with two consecutive pars before a bogey on the 475-yard, par-4 third. The sophomore bounced back immediately, rolling in a birdie on the par-5 fifth to get back to even-par for his round. A dropped shot on No. 8 put Chinn back at 1-over to make the turn and he slipped to 2-over after a bogey on the 230-yard par-3 13th. The Great Falls, Va., native ended his round with a strong birdie on No. 18 – a 520-yard hole that normally plays as a par-5 but is a par-4 for the championship.
  • Ian Siebers got into red numbers early into his round after a birdie on No. 5, but made the turn at even-par after a dropped shot on No. 9. As the day moved on and the course continued to increase in difficulty, the junior dropped to 3-over. Similar to his teammate, Siebers finished strong, putting his approach on No. 18 to 10 feet and pouring in the birdie to card a 2-over, 72, on Friday.
  • An otherwise steady round by William Love faltered towards the end of the day, with the freshman eventually signing for a 3-over, 73. Love started his day with a birdie on No. 3, but returned back to even-par after a bogey on No. 4. The Atlanta, Ga., native then went on to make 10 straight pars, before playing his final four holes at 3-over par.
  • Ethan Evans started his day slowly, making a double-bogey on No. 3 and a bogey on No. 5. The freshman responded with a birdie on No. 6, a 348-yard par-4, and made the turn at 2-over. With the winds picking up, three dropped shots on the back nine saw Evans go to 5-over, but the Mercer Island, Wash., native became the third Blue Devil to birdie the difficult 18th, after putting…


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