Blake Barens is the top Notre Dame returning finisher from the 2014 edition of the Lamkin San Diego Classic

Irish Begin Spring Break At Lamkin San Diego Classic

March 8, 2015

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The Lamkin San Diego Classic, hosted by the University of San Diego and San Diego State University, March 9-10, San Diego Country Club, San Diego, California.

The San Diego Country Club officially opened at its current location in 1921. The par 72, 7,033 yard William Watson design has previously hosted the San Diego Open, the 1964 U.S. Women’s Open, the 1993 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, and U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying. Notre Dame finished in seventh place at last season’s tournament (297-293-300=890).

The 54-hole stroke play tournament will be contested over two days, and begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. (PT) on Monday. The second round is scheduled to start immediately following the conclusion of round one, at approximately 12:45 p.m. The third and final round will get under way Tuesday, with tee times off the first and 10th holes beginning at 7:30 a.m.

A total of 14 teams will tee it up this week at the San Diego Classic, including nine teams that reside on the West Coast. Joining Notre Dame and hosts San Diego and San Diego State are Arizona, BYU, Cal State San Marcos, Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pepperdine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego and Washington.

Representing Notre Dame in the starting five will be sophomore Matthew Rushton, junior Cory Sciupider, sophomore Blake Barens, sophomore Liam Cox and freshman Thomas Steve.

Results will be posted on the UND Athletic Department Web site ( at the conclusion of each round. Live stats will be available at

Notre Dame will close its Spring Break tournament schedule at the Talis Park Challenge on March 15-16 at the Talis Park Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A pair of familiar Spring Break tournament stops await the University of Notre Dame men’s golf team over the next two weeks. The Irish open the break event schedule by returning to the Lamkin San Diego Classic, co-hosted by San Diego and San Diego State, this weekend at the San Diego Country Club in San Diego, California.

The first round is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. (PT) on Monday, with the second round continuing after the completion of the opening 18. The third and final round will kick off with tee times off the first and 10th holes on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

Notre Dame players battled through illness and fatigue at last season’s Lamkin San Diego Classic to finish seventh in a strong 13-team field at the San Diego Country Club. Two starters return from last year’s Irish lineup, sophomores Matthew Rushton and Blake Barens, while junior Cory Sciupider, sophomore Liam Cox and freshman Thomas Steve are set to make their tournament debuts this weekend.

Barens is the top returning finisher for Notre Dame from the 2014 event, tying for 42nd place with a final score of 228. Rushton ultimately shared 52nd place with a 231 total.

Live results from all three rounds of the Lamkin San Diego Classic will be available via