"We really put the ball in position and we thought well around the golf course," head coach Jamie Green said. "We made good decisions, but we just didn't hole enough putts. That is going to be something that we want to focus on over the next couple of days."
Paolini posted two consecutive rounds in the 60s for the first time in his collegiate career on the way to his second top 10 finish this season. The Virginia Beach, Va., native recorded rounds of 73-68-69=210 (-3) at the Bulls Bay Golf Club, which marks a personal season-low score for 54 holes.
"Brinson played very solid golf this week from top to bottom," Green said. "He played with a great frame of mind. He played with assertion. I'm really pleased with how Brinson played and I know he is happy with that, but he also knows it could have been better. There are still things to work on. He, along with the other guys, are going to get right back after it."
Junior Wes Roach also played his way into the top 25, carding his first under-par round of the tournament today. A product of Knoxville, Tenn., Roach tallied five birdies in his final round, including back-to-back birdies on No. 16 and No. 17. Roach had a three-day total of 214 (+1) (73-71-70) and now has four top 25s this season.
With two consecutive rounds of 71, freshman Julian Suri completed the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate tied for 27th. Suri made five birdies in his final round and scored rounds of 74-71-71=216 (+3) over the three-day tournament.
"I told the team after the round that I saw a lot of good golf shots this week," Green said. "Obviously, we played with some teams that scored better over 54 holes, but we struck the ball as well as anyone. We just didn't make enough putts."
Duke has a quick turnout this week and will return to the course on April 3-4 at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational at the Forest Hills G.C in Augusta, Ga.