March 5, 2010
LAREDO, Texas – The Fighting Irish men’s golf team posted a 20-over par 597 mark after the first day of play at the Border Olympics at the Laredo Country Club to position itself in ninth. Notre Dame carded a 300 in the opening round and followed up with a 297 in the afternoon session. Junior Jeff Chen (Walnut, Calif./Los Altos) led the Irish with a four-over par two-round total of 148.
After shooting a 77 in the opening round, Chen was able to card a 148 total on the day after firing a one-under par 71 in the second round of play. He was the only Irish play to break par on the day and he is currently tied for 27th.
Senior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) also had a strong even-par 72 second round for the Irish. In the morning he shot a 77 to turn in a five-over par total of 149. Fortner, who saw both of his rounds counted towards Notre Dame’s team score, is tied for 31st.
Sophomore Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) also had both his rounds counted towards the team’s score as he turned in a first round 75 and followed with a second round 76. His seven-over par total of 151 places him in a tie for 42nd.
Sophomore Tom Usher (Bradford, England/Guiseley School), who is playing the tournament as an individual entrant, shot an eight-over par 80 in the first round but he shaved eight strokes off that total to turn in an even-par 72 in the second round. At eight over (152) he is tied for 49th.
Senior Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) shot an opening round even par mark of 72 to pace the Irish in the morning session. He followed with an 80 in the second round to end the day at nine-over par (153). He is tied for 55th.
Sophomore Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep (AZ)) recorded two round total of ten-over par (154) after shooting a first round 76 and following with a second round 78. Both of his rounds also counted towards Notre Dame’s team score.
Lamar leads the field though two rounds of play at the University of Houston hosted event with a 573 total. Oklahoma is in second with a 580 two-round total. In the individual leader board, Joakim Mikkelsen leads the field with a minus-six 138 total.
The Irish will try and make a final round charge when the Border Olympics conclude tomorrow, March 6. Check back with UND.com for a complete recap of Notre Dame’s final round performance.