Paul McNamara and teammate Cory Sciupider are tied for sixth place after day two of the BIG EAST Championship

Irish In Fourth Place After Day Two Of BIG EAST Championship

April 29, 2013

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team fell slightly off the pace on day two of the BIG EAST Championship Monday, carding an eight-over par, 296 to claim solo fourth place on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort.

Freshman Cory Sciupider fired his second straight round of 72 to move into a tie for sixth place at even par (72-72-144). Sciupider birdied two of his final five holes to come in with a nine-hole score of 34 (-2).

Another player in the six-way tie at even par was senior Paul McNamara III. McNamara could not counteract three bogeys to one birdie at the back half of his round, shooting a two-over 74 to also check in at 144 for the event (70-74-144).

Junior Niall Platt, one day removed from a one-under 71 that placed him in the top 10 to start the BIG EAST Championship, gave a pair of shots back to the golf course with a round of 74 (+2) to close day two in a tie for 12th place (71-74-145). Platt rebounded from a slow start on his front nine to fire an even-par 36 on his final nine holes.

Freshman Zach Toste checked in as the fourth Irish player in the top 40, contributing a four-over par, 76 to claim a share of 36th place (75-76-151, +7).

Junior Andrew Lane logged three birdies during his second round, moving up two spots in the field to 57th place (83-81-164).

USF vaulted into the team lead with a second round score of 287 (-1). The Bulls (290-287-577) take a two-stroke advantage into the final round over Louisville, who carded the lowest score of the tournament with a six-under 282 on day two (297-282-579). St. John’s (298-283-581), Notre Dame (288-296-584) and Connecticut (294-295-589) round out the top five.

Cincinnati’s David Tepe posted his second straight round of 69 (69-69-138, -6) to build a two-shot lead over USF’s Chase Koepka (70-70-140, -4) in the individual competition. Ryan Gay (St. John’s) moved into solo third place at 141 (70-71, -3), while Georgetown’s Curtis Loop (77-66-143) and USF’s Trey Valentine (72-71-143) share fourth place at one-under par.

The final round of the BIG EAST Championship is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort. Notre Dame will be in the opening wave of teams, alongside Connecticut and DePaul, starting their rounds off the first tee.