Feb. 16, 2010
NEWPORT COAST, Calif. – The Fighting Irish men’s golf team finished 11th at the Battle at the Beach after posting a final day 11-over par 366 to finish at +31 (1,096) for the tournament. Sophomore Max Scodro (Chicago, IIl./Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.)) carded an even-par 71 in the third round to finish at +1 (214), good for a 22nd-place tie on the individual leader board.
Scodro’s final round included six birdies as well six pars. The tie for 22nd was his second best finish of the season, behind only a tenth place showing at the 2009 Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. Of additional note, Scodro finished ahead of five players currently ranked in Golfstat’s top-100.
Sophomore Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) matched Scodro’s final day 71 to finish tied for 58th at +10 (223). Walker, who lowered his score in each of his three rounds, netted four birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys.
Sophomore Tom Usher (Bradford, England/Guiseley School) took four strokes off his second round score to post a three-over par 74 to finish at +12 (225). He tied for 67th.
Senior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) also shot a three-over par 74 in the third round to finish tied for 42nd with a six-over par 219. Fortner’s final round included an eagle, a birdie, ten pars and six bogeys. He eagled the par-5 eighth, which Scodro and Usher eagled in earlier rounds.
Senior Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) shot a final day five-over par 76 to finish at +15 (228) for the tournament. Sandman, who had all three of his rounds at the Pelican Hill Golf Club counted towards Notre Dame’s team score, tied for 73rd. Jeff Chen (Walnut, Calif./Los Altos) closed with a final day 83, moving his three day total to +13 (226). Chen tied for 71st.
UCLA claimed the inaugural Battle at the Beach title by finishing at 10-under par, one stroke ahead of Arkansas and Washington, who tied for second. David Lingmerth of Arkansas and Chris Williams of Washington tied for medalist honors at eight-under par.
The Irish return to competition when they take part in the Border Olympics on March 5 and 6 at the Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas. Check back with UND.com for a preview of the two-day event, which will be hosted by the University of Houston.
Team Scoring1. UCLA (-10/354-353-348-1055)T2. Arkansas (-9/349-361-346-1056)T2. Washington (-9/353-351-352-1056)4. Oregon State (-5/348-355-357-1060)5. San Diego State (+5/352-367-351-1070)6. Arizona State (+9/359-363-352-1074)7. Colorado State Univ. (+11/361-361-354-1076)8. Texas-Arlington (+14/364-351-364-1079)9. Long Beach State (+29/358-369-367-1094)10. Tennessee (+30/371-360-364-1095)11. Notre Dame (+31/366-364-366-1096)12. Colorado (+32/369-365-363-1097)T13. San Francisco (+48/373-368-372-1113)T13. UC Davis (+48/375-368-370-1113)
Notre Dame ScoringT22. Max Scodro (+1/74-69-71-214)T42. Doug Fortner (+6/73-73-74-219)T58. Chris Walker (+10/78-74-71-223)T67. Tom Usher (+12/73-78-74-225)T71. Jeff Chen (+13/71-71-83-226)T73. Josh Sandman (+15/75-77-76-228)