LAS VEGAS, NEV. -- Senior Brinson Paolini fired a final round 70 (-2) to place tied for 16th at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Sunday. The Blue Devils, playing the final round a man-down due to an illness, posted a 14-over 302 to finished tied for 10th with +29 893.
California claimed the tournament medalist honors with an eight-under 856, 13 shots better than Alabama and New Mexico. UCLA (+6, 870) and Stanford (+12, 876) rounded out the top five in a 15-team field that included 12 of the top 15 teams in the country.
Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), James Erkenbeck (New Mexico), Michael Kim (California) and Cory Whitsett (Alabama) finished in a four-way tie at four-under, while Cameron Wilson (Stanford) was the only other player under-par at -1, 215. Paolini was Duke's top finisher in a tie for 16th with a three-over 219.
Paolini got off to a terrific start in the final round with birdies on No. 1 and No. 3 before closing the front nine with six straight pars. The Virginia Beach, Va., native ran into trouble with bogeys on No. 10, No. 11 and No. 12 to slip to one-over. He recovered with birdies on the par 5 13th hole and added another on No. 14. Following three more pars, Paolini birdied the par 5 18th hole to register his team-leading eighth under-par round of the season.
Senior Tim Gornik, competing as an individual, fired a one-over 73 in the final round. He suffered a double-bogey on his fourth hole of play (No. 13) before carding three straight birdies to close out the back nine. Gornik remained at one-under heading into his 17th hole (No. 8) before suffering a double-bogey. He finished with a par to place tied for 58th.
Seniors Adam Sumrall and Julian Suri both shot four-over 76s Sunday. Sumrall started slowly and sat at four-over after five holes of play. He recovered to play even-par golf over the final 13 holes with two birdies, two bogeys and nine pars. Sumrall closed the event with an eight-over 224 to tie for 36th.
Suri opened with back-to-back bogeys before carding birdies on No. 5 and No. 8 to get back to even-par. He slipped to three-over after a bogey on No. 11 and a double-bogey on No. 13. Following a birdie on the par 4 16th, Suri suffered bogeys on each of the last two holes. He finished the tournament in 77th with a 241.
Freshman Mads Soegaard finished the tournament tied for 25th with a six-over 222. After two strong rounds to open the tournament, Soegaard ran into trouble Sunday en route to an eight-over 80.
Sophomore Michael Ricaurte was unable to compete in the final round of play due to illness. He shot 75-77 over the first two rounds.
Duke returns to action on Thursday, March 14 with a six-man match play event against Grand Canyon University.