KAHUKU, HAWAII -- Junior Julian Suri fired a two-under 70 in the final round to claim the individual title at the 36th annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate with an 11-under 205 at the Palmer Course at Turtle Bay. As a team, the Blue Devils posted a two-under 286 on Friday to finish tied for second with a 10-under 854.
"I have been working really hard both at home and at school and have had some close calls during that time," said Suri. "Even though I didn't play perfect golf, it feels great to get the win. I have had a bit of trouble in opening rounds, but I was able to get off to a great start here and keep making birdies over the next couple of days."
California won the team title with a 17-under 847, seven shots better than Duke and UNLV. Cal opened the tournament with an 18-under 270 on Wednesday. New Mexico finished fourth at nine-under, while Texas A&M rounded out the top five with an eight-under 856. Duke was the only team in the tournament to shoot under-par in all three rounds.
Suri won his second tournament of the season with an 11-under 205, four shots better than Cal's Max Homa. Joel Stalter (Cal) finished third with a five-under 211, while Brinson Paolini closed in a tie for third at five-under (211).
Suri, a native of St. Augustine, Fla., began the final round with a birdie on the par 4 first hole. He added a birdie on No. 6 (par 4) and made the turn at two-under. He suffered a bogey on the par 5 12th hole but regained the stroke with a birdie on No. 14 (par 4). Suri closed out with four straight pars for his 11th under-par round of the season and his second career tournament title. He finished the tournament with 15 birdies, while suffering just two bogeys and one double-bogey.
Junior Tim Gornik posted a two-under on Friday to finish tied for 38th with a five-over 221. He birdied the par 4 second hole to get into red figures early in the round and moved to two-under with another birdie on the par 4 seventh hole. After suffering bogeys on No. 10 and No. 11, Gornik added birdies on No. 14 (par 4), No. 16 (par 4) and No. 17 (par 4) to move to three-under. He suffered a bogey on the closing hole for his fourth under-par round of the season.
Yaroslav Merkulov, a sophomore from New York, posted a one-over 73 in the final round. He opened with a birdie on No. 1 and countered a bogey on No. 4 with another birdie on the par 5 ninth hole to make the turn at one-under. Merkulov parred the first four holes after the turn before moving to two-under with a birdie on the par 4 14th hole. He ran into a rough stretch with a double-bogey and two bogeys over the next three holes. Merkulov bounced back with a birdie on the par 5 18th hole to close the round. He finished tied for 46th with a seven-over 223.
Freshman Michael Ricaurte posted another strong round with a one-over 73. He carded two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys on the day. The Columbus, Ohio native, finished the event tied for 54th with an 11-over 227.
Paolini got off to a strong start with birdies on the first three holes of the day. He added five straight pars before running into trouble with a double-bogey and two bogeys over the next four holes to slip to one-over in the round. The Virginia Beach, Va., native also had bogeys on No. 16 and No. 17 before closing with a birdie on No. 18 to finish with a two-over 74.
Austin Cody got off to a rocky start with six bogeys over his first eight holes in the final round. He recovered with birdies on No. 1 and No. 3 but bogeyed No. 4 and No. 5 to slip back to six-over. The North Charleston, S.C., native closed with birdies on No. 7 and No. 9 for a four-over 76. Cody finished the event tied for 27th with a two-over 218.
Duke returns to action March 9-10 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas, Nevada.