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Blue Devils Finish Fifth at Gifford Collegiate
Sunday 11/11/2009  -  Duke Sports Information
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SAN MARTIN, CALIF. -- Senior Adam Long fired a one-under 71 on Wednesday as Duke shot an eight-over 368 to finish fifth at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle. The Blue Devils closed the event with a seven-under 1,073 (six-count-five format).

Second-ranked Stanford claimed the tournament title with a 24-under 1,056. The Cardinal shot a final round 352 to record a three stroke victory over No. 1 Oklahoma State (-21, 1,059). Augusta State shot a 10-under 350 on Wednesday to finish third with a -19, 1061, while host UCLA placed fourth at 13-under (1,067).

"Today was a disappointment," head coach Jamie Green said. "I know the guys were not pleased and I know it might be a bitter pill to swallow. When you finish a round of golf and the last hole you play is not a good one, that is tougher, because you can't turn it around on the next hole or the next nine. That is kind of what this feels like for us."

Freshman Julian Suri battled throughout the final round to shoot a two-over 74 and finished the tournament tied for eighth at five-under (211). He finished the day with two birdies, 12 pars and four bogeys. Suri closes out the fall season with four top 20 in four events.

"This was a strong field, but today I just didn't have it from the start," Suri said. "I bogeyed my first hole on a birdieable par-5, but overall I hung in there and scrambled really well. I'm proud of myself for not letting the score escalate any higher. I just didn't hit it as solid today or putt as well as I did the first two rounds."

Wes Roach, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., carded a one-over 73 on Wednesday to post a one-under 215 and tie for 23rd overall. He posted a team-best five birdies but also suffered three bogeys and a triple-bogey to derail his round.

Long opened play on the third hole and posted a birdie on No. 4 to move to one-under on his round. After a bogey on the par 5 sixth hole, he moved back to one-under with a birdie on No. 9. The St. Louis, Mo., native added a birdie on No. 15 to get to two-under. Following a bogey on No. 1, Long parred the par 3 second hole to close the tournament tied for 28th with an even-par 216.

Freshman Brinson Paolini shot a three-over 75 in the final round to also finish tied for 28th at even-par (216). The Virginia Beach, Va., native had a pair of birdies, 12 pars, three bogeys and a double-bogey on the day.

Spencer Anderson and Adam Sumrall also shot three-over 75s on Wednesday, while junior Matthew Pierce had a four-over 76.

Anderson finished tied for 38th while playing as an individual with a two-over 218. Pierce tied for 57th at +8 (224), while Sumrall tied for 65th at +9 (225).

"I don't doubt the effort or will of our guys," Green added. "I know we have a little bit of work to do, but it's exciting to know we have a hard working and talented group of players. When given an opportunity like this, I think they will make great improvement over the off-season and get ready for February. It is going to be a lot of fun getting ready for the spring."

Duke concludes its fall season with a pair of top five finishes. The Blue Devils return to action Feb. 13-14 at the SunTrust Gator Invitational.
 
NOTES
*** Duke played the 480-yard, par 5 15th hole at seven-under on Wednesday. Pierce carded an eagle on the hole, while the other five players registered birdies.

*** Suri closed the tournament with 12 birdies and a hole-in-one.

*** Suri posted a counting team score in all nine rounds this fall.

*** Duke closes the fall with three top 10 finishes and 10 top 20 showings.

*** Long shot even-par or better in four of nine fall rounds. He has three under-par rounds on the year.

ADDITIONAL QUOTES
Jamie Green
"Our challenge as a team is to make sure we are building habits that are going to produce the best results no matter what the situation. It doesn't matter whether it's the first or last hole of a tournament, our goal is to build those habits so they will be strong no matter when we play."

"Today was an opportunity to win the golf tournament, yes, but also to play as well as they could possibly play. I think that neither happened, and so to have to put the fall season to rest, there are choices to be made. I think the guys will choose wisely to work their butts off. They are going to realize what areas they can improve on and work really hard to make sure they are prepared next spring."


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