TEMPE, ARIZ. -- The Duke men's golf team, ranked seventh in the Golf World / Nike Golf Coaches Poll, finished tied for seventh with a 10-over 850 at the NCAA Tempe Regional. Adam Sumrall led the Blue Devils with a one-under 69 as the team shot a 10-over 292 Saturday.
"The initial sting of not advancing doesn't feel good," said head coach Jamie Green. "Anybody who competes in athletics, at one point or another, feels this. I hate to have our guys feel the way that they do right now when they have had such a good year and played so many good rounds of golf. We just didn't play as well as we could play today and other teams did just that."
UCLA claimed the regional victory after firing a 30-under 810. The Bruins led wire-to-wire in recording a 17-shot victory. Central Florida (-13, 827), Georgia (-13, 827), Texas A&M (-11, 829) and host Arizona State (-8, 832) also advanced to the 2013 NCAA Championship by virtue of top 5 finishes. Austin Peay's Dustin Korte moves on to the NCAA Championship as the top individual finisher not on a previously advancing team. He posted a six-under 204 to finish eighth overall.
Greg Eason (Central Florida) claimed medalist honors with a 12-under 198, four shots better than Jonathan Garrick (UCLA) and Ricardo Gouveia (Central Florida) at eight-under. Four players were tied for fourth at seven-under, while senior Brinson Paolini finished tied for 13th with a three-under 207 for the Blue Devils.
Sumrall, a senior from South Bend, Ind., fired a one-under 69 Saturday. He parred the first six holes before moving to one-under with a birdie on the par 3 seventh hole. Following six more pars, Sumrall birdied No. 14 (par 5) to move to two-under on the day. He suffered a bogey on the final hole to close with a 69 (-1). Sumrall concluded the Tempe Regional tied for 20th with a one-under 209.
Paolini wrapped up his record setting career with a two-over 72 to finish tied for 13th with a three-under 207. The Virginia Beach, Va., native played the opening nine holes at two-under with three birdies, five pars and a bogey. After slipping back to even-par with bogeys on No. 10 and No. 11, Paolini added a birdie on the par 5 14th hole. He slipped back to even-par with a bogey on No. 16 and suffered a double-bogey on No. 18 to end the day.
Freshman Mads Soegaard posted a four-over 74 in the third round to tie for 41st at five-over. He began the final round with 13 straight pars before registering a birdie on the par 5 14th hole. The Denmark native struggled down the stretch with a bogey and two double-bogeys over the final four holes of play.
Junior Austin Cody finished with a seven-over 77 while battling flu-like symptoms. The North Charleston, S.C., native had two birdies and an eagle on the par 4 eighth hole but also suffered three double-bogeys on the day. Cody finished the tournament tied for 63rd with a 13-over 223.
Julian Suri, a senior from St. Augustine, Fla., finished tied for 63rd with a 13-over 223 after posting an 81 Saturday.
Duke's 2012-13 season comes to a close with a tie for seventh finish in regional play.
"I want to applaud and thank our senior class [Tim Gornik, Brinson Paolini, Adam Sumrall & Julian Suri]," added Green. "What they have meant to Duke golf, Duke athletics and Duke University is immeasurable. They have done so many great things and represented the team and the university in the highest possible light in the classroom and on the golf course. They contributed to record setting performances as a group; and individually I know Brinson and Julian are going to have their names etched in a lot of record books. We are eternally grateful to those guys and we know they have fantastic careers ahead of them."
NOTES *** Duke finished the year with a school-record 18 rounds of even-par or better golf ... the Blue Devils had 15 under-par rounds the second-most in school history.
*** The Blue Devils set a school record with five tournament victories this season ... all five wins came in the Carolinas, including four wins in the state of North Carolina.
*** Paolini concluded his Duke career second in the Duke record books in stroke average (72.17), rounds in the 60s (28), under-par rounds (48) and even-par or better rounds (69) ... he is also tied for second with 28 career top 20 finishes.
*** Paolini finished the season with 11 top 20 finishes in all 11 events this season ... has also led the Blue Devils with four top 5 finishes and six top 10s ... Paolini's 11 top 20 finishes in 2012-13 are tied for second-most in Duke history.
*** Paolini's 71.48 stroke average in 2012-13 was the second-best single-season stroke average in Duke history.
*** Sumrall recorded his 11 under-par round and his seventh top 20 finish ... he posted under-par rounds in eight of the last 10 rounds played.
*** Suri ended his career among the Duke all-time leaders in stroke average, rounds in the 60s, under-par rounds, even-par or better rounds, top 5 finishes, top 10 finishes, top 20 finishes, rounds played and tournaments.
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