March 16, 2010
PROVIDENNCE, R.I. – Fighting Irish men’s golfer Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) was named men’s BIG EAST Golfer of the Week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. Fortner earned the honor on the heels of capturing medalist honors at the inaugural Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore., on March 12. It marks Fortner’s first career BIG EAST Player of the Week honor.
Fortner, a senior, was in third place entering the final round of play at the Bandon Dunes Championship. He then fired a final round 73 to take the championship with an eight-over par score of 150. With both his rounds counting towards Notre Dame’s team score, Fortner led Notre Dame to its second win of the year, having previously captured the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic on Oct. 6. It marks the first time since 2004-05 that the Irish have won two tournaments in a season, as they won the Nokia Sugar Bowl Invitational and the BIG EAST Championship that year.
Fortner and the Irish return to the course next at the Spring Break Championship in Delray Beach, Fla. The tournament, which will be played at the Gleneagles Country Club, begins on March 26. Check back with UND.com for a preview of the three-day event.