April 1, 2007
EVANS, Ga. – The Notre Dame men’s golf team wrapped up play at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational on Sunday afternoon, finishing the day where it started in 17th place with a three-round total of 19-over par 883 (294-300-289) at the Champions Retreat Golf Club (par 72/7,265 yards) in Evans, Ga. The Irish did move four shots ahead of No. 31 Minnesota (a fellow Midwest District member) in the final team standings, adding an important carrot in its bid for the postseason.
Senior co-captain Adam Gifford (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) came up with his second top-10 finish in the past three events, tying for eighth place in the 90-man field at two-under par 214 (71-74-69). He now has dipped below par in five of his last nine rounds, with this weekend’s total just one off his career-low 54-hole score, which he set in the Triumph at Pauma Valley on March 12-13.
Senior All-America candidate Cole Isban (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) tied for 37th place at three-over par 219 (73-72-74). Sophomore Josh Sandman was one shot back of his teammate in a tie for 49th place at five-over 221 (72-77-72), while freshman Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) shared 82nd place at 13-over par 229 (78-77-74). Junior Eddie Peckels (Pinehurst, N.C./Pope John Paul II (Fla.)) completed the Irish scoring in a tie for 88th place at 25-over par 241 (80-84-77).
Notre Dame returns to the links April 7-8 at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
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