Junior men's golfer Max Scodro

Irish Golfers Remain Tenth Through Two Rounds At The Battle At The Beach

Feb. 15, 2010

NEWPORT COAST, Calif. – The Fighting Irish men’s golf team took two strokes off of their opening round score to turn in an nine-over par 364 second round score at the Battle at the Beach. The Irish remain in 10th with a 20-over par 730 score. Sophomore Max Scodro (Chicago, IIl./Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.)) led Notre Dame on day two by firing a two-under par 69 in the second round.

Scodro, who improved upon his first round score by five strokes, totaled four birdies on the day to go along with 12 pars and two bogeys. It was his third round shot in the 60’s for the Irish and moved him into a tie for 30th place at the Pelican Hill Golf Club.

While Scodro showed the most improvement from round one to round two, Jeff Chen (Walnut, Calif./Los Altos) displayed consistency for the Irish as the junior shot a one-over par 72 for. Chen’s second round included two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys. At one-over par, Chen is also tied for 30th.

Senior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) shaved a stroke off of his round one score to match Chen’s one-over par 72 on Monday. Through two rounds he is three-over par and tied for 36th. His second round included two birdies, 14 pars, a bogey and a double.

Sophomore Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) improved upon his first round score by four strokes to card a second round 74. His three-over par mark included four birdies, eight pars, five bogeys and a double. He had a strong second round on par fives, playing the courses three par fives at a minus-two clip.

With five-count-six scoring in effect, senior Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) also scored for the Irish on Monday as he turned in a six-over par 77. His day included four birdies, five pars, eight bogeys and a double.

Sophomore Tom Usher (Bradford, England/Guiseley School) turned in a seven-over par 78. His second round included 12 pars and an eagle on the par-5 eighth — the same hole Scodro eagled in the first round of play. But Usher was hurt by two bogeys, two doubles and a triple.

Oregon State leads after two rounds of play with a nine-under par 701. Washington moved into second by virtue of shooting a two round total of 704 (six-under par). Chris Williams of Wahsington shot a second round 65 to move into the lead at minus-eight (134).

The Battle at the Beach concludes tomorrow, Feb. 16. Check back with UND.com for a final round recap. Live scoring of the final round is also available through www.golfstat.com via the website’s Live Scoring link.

Team Scoring1. Oregon State (-9/348-353-701)2. Washington (-6/353-351-704)3. UCLA (-3/354-353-707)4. Arkansas (E/349-361-710)5. Texas-Arlington (+5/364-351-715)6. San Diego State (+9/352-367-719)7. Arizona State (+12/359-363-722)7. Colorado State Univ. (+12/361-361-722)9. Long Beach State (+17/358-369-727)10. Notre Dame (+20/366-363-730)11. Tennessee (+21/371-360-731)12. Colorado (+24/369-365-734)13. San Francisco (+31/373-368-741)14. UC Davis (+33/375-368-743)
Notre Dame ScoringT. Jeff Chen (E/71-71-142)T. Max Scodro (+1/74-69-143)T. Doug Fortner (+3/73-73-145)T. Tom Usher (+9/73-78-151)T. Josh Sandman (+10/75-77-152)T. Chris Walker (+10/78-74-152)