Duke finished in fourth place at the Valspar Collegiate Monday and Tuesday. The three-round competition took place in Palm City, Fla., where 15 competitive programs were invited to tee off as postseason play approaches.
The Blue Devils ended with a score of 838, which racks up to 14-under par. Pepperdine’s program was the tournament champion with a final score of 818, giving them a comfortable margin of victory against Florida State, Wake Forest and Duke. Head coach Jamie Green’s tournament lineup included freshman Kelly Chinn, sophomore Ian Siebers, sophomore Jimmy Zheng, freshman John Peters and senior Quinn Riley. Duke was led by their underclassmen, as Chinn finished in fifth place with Siebers tied for sixth.
Chinn had a final score of 203 (-10) with a particularly productive third round in which he finished with a score of 65 (-6). This result accounted for the best tournament ranking of Chinn's career and truly showcases the freshman's young talent. It is also a good look for Green, who will be looking to utilize the freshman's talent for years to come.
Siebers finished right behind Chinn with a score of 204 (-9). Siebers, on the other hand, had a stellar second round in which he finished with a score of 64 (-7) for a new career-best. It’s obvious that Duke’s younger guys really stepped up in Palm City.
The Blue Devils seem to be getting hot as they also finished in second place at the Wake Forest Intercollegiate earlier this month. That’s a great sign for Duke as it looks toward the Stitch Intercollegiate in early April as well as the ACC Championship at the end of the month.
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