Sophomore Jeff Chen fired a team-low 74 (+3) in Sunday's final round of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio, securing his fourth top-25 finish in seven tournaments this season.

Irish In 18th Place After First Round Of Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational

March 20, 2009

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STATESBORO, Ga. — The Notre Dame men’s golf team finds itself in 18th place after Friday’s first round of the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational at Forest Heights Country Club (par 72/6,947 yards) in Statesboro, Ga. The Irish shot a 23-over par 311 on Friday, with nationally-ranked Tennessee holding the first-round lead at one-under par 287. The Volunteers are one of a staggering 10 teams in this weekend’s field that are ranked in the top 50 of the current Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Sophomore Jeff Chen (Walnut, Calif./Los Altos) and junior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) are tied for team-high scoring honors thus far, sharing 66th place after opening with matching scores of 77 (+5). Sophomore Connor Alan-Lee (Solana Beach, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School) is one shot back of his teammates in a tie for 78th place after firing a six-over par 78 on Friday, while another sophomore, Dustin Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) is yet another stroke back in an 85th-place deadlock with a 79 (+7). Freshman Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.)) rounds out the Irish lineup in a tie for 94th place at 10-over par 82.

Notre Dame continues play at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational with the second round of action on Saturday morning. Live scoring is available through the Golfstat web site (, while complete results will be posted on the official Notre Dame athletics web site ( and the Notre Dame Sports Hotline (574-631-3000) at the conclusion of the day’s competition.

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Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational
March 20, 2009
Forest Heights Country Club (Statesboro, Ga.)
Par 72/6,947 yards

18-HOLE TEAM RESULTS: 1. Tennessee 287; 2. North Florida 290; 3. (tie) Georgia Southern and South Carolina 291; 5. Florida 292; 6. Oklahoma 293; 7. Auburn 294; 8. (tie) Georgia State, Mississippi and North Carolina State 295; 11. (tie) Vanderbilt, LSU and Virginia 296; 14. Kentucky 297; 15. Augusta State 298; 16. (tie) North Carolina and Iowa 302; 18. NOTRE DAME 311.

TOP 4 INDIVIDUALS PLUS NOTRE DAME GOLFERS (of 96): 1. (tie) Glenn Northcutt (AU), Robin Windgardh (UT), Sang Yi (LSU) and Taylor Floyd (ASU)* 69; 66. (tie) Jeff Chen (ND) and Doug Fortner (ND) 77; 78. (tie) Connor Alan-Lee (ND) 78; 85. (tie) Dustin Zhang (ND) 79; 94. (tie) Max Scodro (ND) 82.
* – individual participant; score not counted to team total