MURRELLS INLET, S.C. -- The Duke men's golf team posted rounds of 314 and 301 for a 615 (+39) after 36 holes of play at the General Hackler Championshipat the TPC of Myrtle Beach. The Blue Devils are ninth overall with freshman Alexander Matlari leading the way with a seven-over 151.
Kent State holds a narrow one shot edge over East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State with a 16-over 592. East Tennessee State (+19, 595) and Iowa State (+21, 597) round out the top five with Duke 18 shots off the pace.
East Tennessee State's Rhys Pugh is the lone player under par with a one-under 143 with the trio of Andrew Dorn (Coastal Carolina), Payne McLeod (UNC Wilmington) and Corey Conners (Kent State) one shot back at even-par. Connors posted a three-under 69 in the second round for the low round of the tournament.
Matlari is tied for 25th after carding rounds of 79 and 72 Monday. He collected one of 15 rounds of even-par or better golf on the challenging TPC of Myrtle Beach course. Matlari closed the day with one eagle, four birdies and 21 pars but was hampered by three double-bogeys. He played the par 5s on Monday at two-under, tied for seventh-best after two rounds of play. Matlari now has a team-high three even-par rounds on the season.
Fellow freshman Max Greyserman fired a nine-over 153 (79-74) and is tied for 33rd through 36 holes. The Short Hills, N.J., native carded four birdies in each round but was held back by a pair of triple-bogeys and two double-bogeys. Greyserman's eight birdies on day one is tied for second-most in the tournament.
Turner Southey-Gordon, a junior from Canada, is also tied for 33rd while playing as an individual in the event. He opened with a six-over 78 before registering a three-over 75 in round two. Southey-Gordon had four birdies during a six-hole stretch in the opening round but could not avoid the big number with two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey in the first round.
Sophomore Motin Yeung is tied for 38th with a 10-over 154 (80-74). The Beijing, China, native had seven birdies, including five in the second round of action, but also ended the day with 13 bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys.
Duke opens third round play Tuesday with a 9 am shotgun start and will be paired with Lamar and Louisville.
Complete scoring results for the tournament are available at www.golfstat.com.