March 6, 2010
LAREDO, Texas – The Fighting Irish men’s golf team finished in ninth place at the Border Olympics from the Laredo Country Club, carding a 37-over par 901 at the two-day tournament. The Irish finished the event with a 16-over, 304 in the final round. Individually, the Irish were led by senior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) and sophomore Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep (AZ)) who finished in a tie for 35th, carding a pair of nine-over par 225 totals.
After a slow start during the first 36 holes of the tournament, Scodro finished strong in Saturday’s final round, pacing the Irish team with a one-under par 71, while Fortner rounded out his tournament by posting a four-over par 76.
Sophomore Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) concluded his tournament by carding a final round four-over par 76 as well. His three-round 227 (+11) earned him a tie for 41st overall and marked the third tournament of the season where all three of his rounds were counted toward the team score.
Sophomore Tom Usher (Bradford, England/Guiseley School), who was playing the tournament as an individual entrant, also concluded tied for 41st after carding a three-over par 75 in Saturday’s final round. Usher’s finish marks his best result of the 2010 season, which was previously a tie for 67th at the Battle at the Beach.
Junior Jeff Chen (Walnut, Calif./Los Altos) posted an 81 (+9) on his final 18 holes of play. He concluded the tournament in a tie for 51st with a 229 (+13).
Senior Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) rounded out the field for the Fighting Irish. He wrapped up his tournament with a final-round 83 (+12), which did not count toward the team total. Overall, Sandman finished in a tie for 72nd with a 20-over par 236.
The Irish play next at the Bandon Dunes Championship in Bandon, Ore. Play at the two-day event will begin with rounds one and two taking place on Thursday, March 11 and will conclude with the final round of play on Friday, March 12. The tournament is being hosted by Gonzaga University and the field at Bandon Dunes will also include Boise State, British Columbia University, Idaho, Utah Valley State and Weber State. Check back with UND.com for a complete recap of Notre Dame’s final round performance.
After finishing ninth at the Border Olympics, the Irish are now 46-52 (.469) on the season … Jeff Chen’s one-under par 71 in the second round marked his first-ever under par round with the Irish.