PALM CITY, Fla. – Freshman Ian Siebers carded back-to-back rounds in the 60s to lead the Duke men’s golf team on the first day of the Valspar Collegiate at The Floridian GC in Palm City, Fla.
Paced by Siebers at 4-under 138 and senior Qi wen Wong at 2-under 140, the Blue Devils are 3-over and in ninth place, but just 11 strokes out of the top five on a tightly-packed leaderboard. Tuesday’s final round begins at 8:30 a.m.
Siebers had it rolling from the start, birdieing three of his first seven holes in Monday’s first round then rolling in an eagle on the par-5 13th to get to 5-under through eight holes. The freshman would finish the opening round with a 2-under 69 and was on fire again when the second round commenced.
The Bellevue, Wash., native opened with six birdies on the first 10 holes in the afternoon, again getting to 5-under in the second round before signing for a second straight 2-under 69. At 4-under, Siebers finds himself in a tie for eighth – five back of the leader, Alex Fitzpatrick from Wake Forest, with 18 holes to play on Tuesday.
Wong strung together 36 solid holes on Tuesday and his back-to-back rounds of 1-under 70 have the senior from Singapore in a tie for 14th at 2-under par.
Freshman Jimmy Zheng is tied for 29th at 1-over 143, following up his opening-round 70 with a 73 in the second round. Junior Quinn Riley is tied for 47th at 8-over 150 (73-77), while senior Adrien Pendaries is tied for 55th at 11-over (75-78).
The stacked, 11-team field has nine teams ranked in the top 40 of the Golfstat rankings and is led by SMU’s 17-under as a team, followed by Florida State (-14), Wake Forest (-12), Ohio State (-10) and Pepperdine (-8) in the top five.
Siebers now leads this season in rounds of par or better (10), rounds under par (eight) and rounds in the 60s. (four). With his four rounds in the 60s, Siebers is tied for sixth in the Duke freshman record book.
9th/11. Duke — 282-289=571 (+3)
T8. Ian Siebers — 69-69=138 (-4)
T14. Qi wen Wong — 70-70=140 (-2)
T29. Jimmy Zheng — 70-73=143 (+1)
T47. Quinn Riley — 73-77=150 (+8)
T55. Adrien Pendaries — 75-78=153 (+11)