MADISON, Wis. – Notre Dame men’s golf couldn’t have scripted a better start to its 2019-20 season on Sunday, wrapping round one of the Badger Invitational in first place. The Fighting Irish shot a 283 (-5) and sit three strokes ahead of Kansas.
The Irish were led by senior Hunter Ostrom, who fired off an opening round 69 (-3) – good for a share of first place. Sophomore Taichi Kho, competing as an individual competitor, also tied Ostrom for first with a three-under par round.
Ostrom went two-under on the front and neutralized three bogeys on the back with four birdies to reach his final score, thus carding six birdies on the day. Ostrom and Kho are tied with three other individuals for first place after Sunday’s opening round.
Both Davis Chatfield and Davis Lamb each carded a first round of 71 (-1) to count toward the team score. Chatfield played par golf through the first 14 holes, before birdieing back-to-back holes on 15 and 16, then bogeying the 17th. In addition, Lamb finished under par by firing off a birdie on the par-five 16th.
In his first tournament in an Irish uniform, freshman Palmer Jackson counted toward the team score with an even-par 72. Jackson birdied the first hole then parred the next 11 straight, before carding two bogeys and a birdie on the final six holes.
Lastly, Kho shined among the individual competitors representing the Irish. The Hong Kong native finished three-under on the back then played steady on the front to card his 69.
Monday’s second round will tee off at 10 am ET, with live scoring being kept at Birdiefire.com.
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