AUGUSTA, Ga. - Duke carded a team score of 280 in the final round today to finish in third (287-276-280=843, -21) at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Junior Wes Roach fired a team-best 67 in his last 18 holes to lead Duke to a top-three showing.
"[Roach's low round] shows the depth of our team," head coach Jamie Green said. "It doesn't matter what position you start in, our guys are all competitive enough to have a really low round at any moment in a good tournament. That depth will be what carries us through to the end of the year. I am really pleased about that."
Duke and tournament champion Augusta State were the only two teams in the field to have every golfer end the tournament below par.
Roach birdied four holes on the front nine to shoot 32 and paired birdies with only one bogey in his final nine holes to go five-under-par. The native of Knoxville, Tenn., finished tied for 18th (73-71-67=211) and his 67 was his lowest round this year.
"Wes got off to a good start," Green said. "He birdied two of his first three holes. He played the par 5s well. When he had scoring opportunities, he capitalized on it and kept the good round going."
Adam Long followed up his second-round 64, a course record, with a 70 (-2) to tie for 18th. Long had four birdies on the back nine, which included three in a row to close his round and his tournament with a three-day score of 211 (77-64-70).
"What I am most proud of, is that he kept his composure throughout the round," Green said. "That composure and smart play allowed him to be in the right frame of mind to birdie the last three holes."
Freshman Julian Suri birdied No. 17 and No. 18 to finish tied for 24th with three consecutive rounds of 71. Fellow rookie Brinson Paolini had a roller coaster back nine, but capped it off with an eagle on the 17th hole to come in at even par and tie for 31st (73-70-72=215).
Spencer Anderson had a 74 (+2) in his final round and posted three birdies today. Anderson tied for 31st with rounds of 70-71-74=215
"Julian birdied the last two holes, Brinson eagled 17 and Adam birdied his last three [holes]," Green said. "The guys were pleased, as am I, that they stepped up for the last few holes and really played impressive golf."
Host team Augusta State ran away with the tournament, setting a new record for team score at 817 (-47) and had three individuals place in the top three.
Duke will head back to North Carolina this week to take part in the N.C. State Wolfpack Open from April 9-10 at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh.