April 21, 2017

First Round Results Get Acrobat Reader

By Leigh Torbin

CLINTON, S.C. – A steady performance from the top to the bottom of the Notre Dame men’s golf team’s lineup has left the 11th-seeded Irish above that predicted placing and in seventh place after Friday’s opening round of the ACC Championship at Musgrove Mill Golf Club in Clinton, South Carolina.

With all five participants packed between 19th and 35th place, Notre Dame took home a 293 (+5) on Friday, placing it ahead of two of the country’s top 29 teams and looking up at only six of the nation’s top 33 squads. Of the 12 schools, only pace-setter No. 21 Duke (277, -11) had each of its five golfers place higher than Notre Dame’s five participants in the 60-golfer field on Friday.

Due to expected rain on Sunday, the event’s format has been altered such that the teams will now play the final 36 holes on Saturday. Notre Dame’s tee times begin at 7:30 a.m., paired with No. 29 North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Notre Dame Scores

T19. Blake Barens (72, Even)
T25. Ben Albin (73, +1)
T25. Davis Lamb (73, +1)
T35. Kevin Conners (75, +3)
T35. Matthew Rushton (75, +3)

Team Standings

1. No. 21 Duke (277, -11)
2. No. 27 Florida State (278, -10)
3. No. 14 Clemson (279, -9)
4. No. 20 Georgia Tech (288, Even)
5. No. 33 NC State (291, +3
6. No. 9 Wake Forest (292, +4)
7. Notre Dame (293, +5)

About the Course

Musgrove Mill is a late replacement for its standard home of the Old North State Club of New London, North Carolina which had hosted the event each of the past 15 years. The Arnold Palmer-designed course known for dramatic changes in elevation will play as a 6,951-yard par-72 for the ACC Championship.


Leigh Torbin, athletics communications associate director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013 and coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame’s women’s basketball and men’s golf teams. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.