Wildcats Fall to Duke in Match Play
KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – The Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup concluded with match play on Sunday between teams comprising the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. After finishing stroke play tied for fifth, the Wildcats fell 3-2 in match play to Duke on Sunday.
Senior David Snyder and freshman Lukas Euler won their head-to-head matchups within the competition.
Snyder won 4 & 3 against Duke’s Jake Shuman. After dropping a stroke on the opening hole, Snyder rebounded to square the matchup on the No. 2. He immediately took the advantage on No. 3 with a four, while Shuman scored a five on the hole. Snyder would never look back en route to the victory.
Euler claimed his matchup 7 & 6. The freshman wasted little time in getting in front in his head-to-head matchup with a four on the opening hole. Duke’s Alexander Matlari scored a five on the hole and Euler rolled to the win from there.
Sophomore Tyler McDaniel narrowly missed out on scoring a point for the Cats in his matchup with the Blue Devils’ Adam Wood. The players dueled throughout the round with McDaniel owning a lead for much of the opening nine holes. It was all square going into the final hole before Wood was just one stroke better on the No. 18.
Junior Stephen Stallings fell 2 & 1 to Matt Oshrine despite clawing back from a three-stroke deficit. Freshman Jalen Ledger dropped a 6 & 5 to Alex Smalley in the final pairing of the day.
Kentucky will return to action on Oct. 12-13 at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate in Carmel, Ind. UK will appear in a two-day 54-hole event at the Crooked Stick Golf Club.