March 25, 2012
EATONTON, Ga. – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team carded a final round 300 (+12) Sunday at the Linger Longer Invitational on the Great Waters Course to finish sixth (out of 12) at 882 (+18). Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill.) finished tied for fourth (out of 72) at five under (211).
For the second-straight tournament, Notre Dame played witness to Alabama claiming a tournament title, as the Crimson Tide captured the win with a 54-hole total of 838 (-26). Georgia finished second as the only other under-par squad, carding an 852 (-12), while Chattanooga placed third at 870 (+6). Alabama’s Cory Whitsett and Georgia’s Nick Reach shared the individual title at eight under (208).
Scodro finished his tournament with an even par final round (72), recording three birdies along with three bogeys and 12 pars. It is the first tournament of the year in which any Irish player has recorded even-par or better scores in each of their three rounds and is the fourth top-10 result for Scodro on the season. It also represents the seventh team-leading effort for the Irish senior.
Niall Platt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) wavered from his typical steady play, recording only eight pars while marking down five birdies along with four bogeys and a double bogey to finish his final round with a 73 (+1). Overall, Platt finished tied for 14th in the field with a 54-hole score of 215 (-1). The sub-par finishes by both Scodro and Platt represent the first tournament on the season in which two Irish golfers finished below par in the same event.
Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas) checked in third in the Irish rotation, carding a final day 75 (+3) to conclude his tournament nine over par (225). The senior registered 12 pars and two birdies on the final round to go along with three bogeys and a double bogey. Walker tied for 40th overall.
Andrew Lane (Fairport, N.Y.) struggled on his final round but still posted the final score to the team total, recording an 80 (+8). The sophomore, in his first taste of playing with the team rotation, finished the day with 10 pars, one birdie, five bogeys and two double bogeys. Overall, Lane concluded in a tie for 63rd with a two-day score of 235 (+19).
Paul McNamara III (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) rounded out the Irish rotation, finishing his final round with an 82 (+10). The junior posted six pars to go along with three birdies, seven bogeys, a double bogey and a quadruple bogey. McNamara finished tied for 66th with a 54-hole total of 236 (+20).
Notre Dame returns to the course April 9 when it heads to the All American Intercollegiate at The Woodlands Country Club in Houston, Texas.
Top-Five Teams:1. Alabama 838 -262. Georgia 852 -123. Chattanooga 870 +64. Kennesaw State 873 +95. Oklahoma 879 +15
Top-Five Individuals:T1. Cory Whitsett, Alabama 208 -8T1. Nick Reach, Georgia 208 -83. Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga 210 -6T4. Max Scodro, Notre Dame 211 -5T4. James Beale, Mercer 211 -5
Notre Dame Results:6. NOTRE DAME 882 +18T4. Max Scodro 211 -5T14. Niall Platt 215 -1T40. Chris Walker 225 +9T63. Andrew Lane 235 +19T66. Paul McNamara III 236 +20