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Blue Devils Finish Eighth at General Hackler Championship
Wednesday 03/15/2010  -  Duke Sports Information
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Adam Long Shot 74 Today at TPC Myrtle Beach

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Duke completed the final round of the General Hackler Championship at the challenging TPC Myrtle Beach this afternoon, firing a team total of 302 to come in eighth place with a three-round score of 908. The Blue Devils had two individuals place in the top 20 of the individual tournament.

Adam Long carded a two-over-par 74 today to end his tournament in a tie for 15th place. The senior from St. Louis, Mo., recorded rounds of 76-74-74=224 (+8) over the two-day championship. Long knocked in two birdies over his final nine holes.

"I am proud of Adam [Long] for how he stuck in there," head coach Jamie Green said. "Yesterday his ball striking was spot-on, he just didn't quite convert that into the scores that he would expect.  Today was a different kind of round. Adam showed a lot of patience and determination right down to the last shot, despite some tough situations."

Freshman Julian Suri worked back from a first round 77 to post consecutive days of 74 in his second and third round for a total score of 225 (+9) to tie for 17th. Suri overcame a double-bogey on the opening hole to play even-par golf the rest of the day. A native of St. Augustine, Fla., Suri has five career top 20s in six collegiate tournaments.

Spencer Anderson and Brinson Paolini both fired rounds of 77 today. Anderson, a sophomore from Pacific Palisades, Calif., carded rounds of 81-77-77=235 (+19) to tie for 43rd. Paolini, a freshman hailing from Virginia Beach, Va., scored rounds of 78-73-77=228 (+12) to tie for 27th.

Junior Wes Roach shot a 79 today, ending his tournament in 40th after rounds of 78-76-79=233 (+17). Adam Sumrall, playing as an individual, tied for 50th after carding a 77 today for a three-day total of 238 (+22).

"You could see by the scores across the board that it is a difficult golf course," Green said.

East Tennessee St. won the team title with a three-round score of 883 (+19). The Buccaneers also had the individual winner, as Seamus Power tied for first with rounds with a three-round score of 215 (-1). Josh Anderson of Pepperdine shared first-place honors at one-under-par.

"What I absolutely love about this team is that our guys are determined and optimistic," Green said. "We'll stew on this only long enough to identify things to improve upon.  Certainly there is disappointment, but we are going to get back to work and capitalize on the opportunities ahead. The guys are already looking forward to our next tournament back in South Carolina."

Duke will return to action on March 28-30 at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at the Bulls Bay GC in Awendaw, S.C.

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