Sophomore Peyton Vitter will make his first official start for Notre Dame this weekend

Irish Men's Golf Travels To Macdonald Cup This Weekend

Sept. 28, 2012

2012 Macdonald Cup, hosted by Yale University.

The Course at Yale in New Haven, Conn. was recently named the No. 1 college golf course in America by Golfweek Magazine. Designed by Charles Blair Macdonald, Seth Raynor and Charles Banks, the par-70 Yale Golf Course opened in 1926.

“Yale has one of the most recognized collegiate courses in the country and one we’re excited to compete on. It’s also a return to a course I competed on as a collegiate player, so I’m looking forward to seeing how today’s players fare, especially with the more modern equipment of today.

The Macdonald Cup will be a 54-hole stroke play event contested over two days. Two 18-hole rounds will be held Saturday, with the final 18 holes being played on Sunday. It is the second straight tournament on Notre Dame’s fall slate that will follow the 36-18 schedule of play.

The Macdonald Cup will play host to a 14-team field. The following schools will be represented: Defending champion and host Yale (Ivy), Brown (Ivy), Holy Cross (Patriot), Central Connecticut State (NEC), Columbia (Ivy), Fordham (Atlantic 10), Hartford (America East), Harvard (Ivy), Rhode Island (Atlantic 10), Sacred Heart (NEC), St. Edward’s (Heartland), St. John’s (BIG EAST), Notre Dame (BIG EAST) and Temple (Atlantic 10). Along with Yale, St. John’s and Hartford are among the past champions in the 37-year history of the tournament.

The Notre Dame starting five will consist of: senior Paul McNamara III, junior Niall Platt, junior Andrew Lane, sophomore Tyler Wingo, and sophomore Peyton Vitter.

Results will be posted on the UND Athletic Department Web site ( at the conclusion of each round.

Notre Dame hosts the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic Oct. 7-9 at the Warren Golf Course.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Notre Dame men’s golf team will compete in its second tournament of the fall season this weekend at the Macdonald Cup, hosted by Yale University. The tournament will be contested Saturday and Sunday at The Course at Yale. The par-70, 6,749-yard historic layout was recently named the number one college golf course in the country by Golfweek Magazine.

“Our tournament at Yale this weekend marks our first competition in my native New England in several years,” Notre Dame head coach Jim Kubinski said. “It also follows our scheduling philosophy of playing a national schedule on the best golf courses in the country.”

The tournament will follow the collegiate standard five-count-four format. Each school will start a five-golfer lineup, with the best four scores during each round counting toward the team’s final score.

The Fighting Irish return to competition after a ninth-place finish at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate Sept. 15-16 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Notre Dame welcomed two new starters to the rotation at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate in sophomores Tyler Wingo (Fairfax, Va.) and David Lowe (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Wingo finished in a tie for 45th place with a three-round score of 225 (+9), while Lowe chipped in a cumulative 226 (+10) for a share of 52nd place. Senior Paul McNamara III (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) was the low finisher for the Fighting Irish, firing a 221 (+5) to earn a tie for 21st.

Juniors Niall Platt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Andrew Lane (Fairport, N.Y.), along with sophomore Peyton Vitter (New Orleans, La.), will join Wingo and McNamara in the Notre Dame starting lineup at the Macdonald Cup. The tournament marks Vitter’s first career start as a member of the Fighting Irish.

“I think the tournament under (the retuning starters’) belts will help this weekend,” Kubinski said. “We’re also happy to have Peyton making his ND debut after winning his spot this past week. Peyton has worked hard in many areas and is playing very solidly right now.”

Stay tuned to for coverage of the Macdonald Cup throughout the weekend.