For the first time in his Irish career, Paul McNamara III led the rotation for Notre Dame, concluding the LSU National Invitational with a 227 (+11).

Irish Finish Eighth At LSU National Invitational

April 3, 2011

BATON ROUGE, La. – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team finished alone in eighth place after carding a final round 310 (+22) on Sunday at the LSU National Invitational. The Irish concluded the tournament with a 54-hole score of 917 (+53) while being led by Paul McNamara III’s (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) tournament in which he carded a 227 (+11).

The host LSU put together a final round 297 (+9) to claim the lead and the championship with an 886 (+22). Chattanooga (887, +23) and Iowa (893, +29) finished in second and third, respectively, while Michigan (898, +34) dropped to fourth after posting a third round score of 311 (+23). Chattanooga’s Stephan Jaeger ran away with the individual title, finishing at seven under par (209) for a seven shot victory.

McNamara III struggled in closing out his tournament, carding a final round 82 (+10) that saw him post nine pars, eight bogeys and a double bogey. The sophomore finished with a share of 19th with a 54-hole total of 227 (+11).

Junior Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill.) made a move up the leaderboard after putting together a third round 77 (+5) to finish the tournament at 15-over par (231). Scodro played a consistent final round that saw him register 13 pars, one birdie, three bogeys and a triple bogey. He earned a share of 31st overall.

Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas) finished the tournament third for the Irish with a 54-hole score of 233 (+17) but did not count toward the team score on Sunday with a final round tally of 83 (+11). The junior carded three birdies, but was plagued by three bogeys, three double bogeys and a sextuple bogey on the par-5, 11th hole. Walker finished in a tie for 35th.

Niall Platt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) also finished with a share of 35th, finishing with an identical three round score of 233 (+17). The freshman posted the best score of the day for the Irish, carding a one-over par, 73. He matched the most birdies on the day for Notre Dame, posting three to go along with four bogeys and 11 pars.

Tom Usher (Bradford, England) concluded his tournament in a tie for 60th after ending with a two-day total of 249 (+33). The junior put together his best round of the tournament, firing a final round 78 (+6). He finished the round with three birdies, two of which came on his first two holes of his round, along with seven pars, seven bogeys and a double bogey.

The Irish now return home for the Battle at the Warren on April 12 at Warren Golf Course in one final tune-up before heading out to the BIG EAST Championships (April 17-19) in Palm Harbor, Fla., at the Innisbrook Resort.

LSU National Invitational - University Club, Par 72 - 7,440 Yards
Top-Five Team Scores (54-hole totals):1. LSU 886 +222. Chattanooga 887 +233. Iowa 893 +294. Michigan 898 +345. Minnesota 902 +38
Top-Five Golfers (54-hole totals):1. Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga 209 -72. Vince India, Iowa 216 ET3. Donald Constable, Minnesota 217 +1T3. John Peterson, LSU 217 +15. Andrew Loupe, LSU 218 +2
Notre Dame Scores (54-hole totals):T19. Paul McNamara III 227 +11T31. Max Scodro 231 +15T35. Chris Walker 233 +17T35. Niall Platt 233 +17T60. Tom Usher 249 +33