AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Notre Dame men’s golf team surged up the leaderboard during the final round of the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational on Sunday at the Forest Hills Golf Club. Three under-par rounds from the Irish, including a sizzling 6-under-par 66 from Miguel Delgado, propelled a three-day team score of 853 and a fifth-place finish overall (291-283-279, -11).
The 9-under team round of 279 on Sunday was the best for Notre Dame this season on a par-72 layout, and the fifth sub-270 round for the Irish overall this season. Delgado’s 66 was not only the top individual Notre Dame round of the event and season, it also represented a career-best performance in relation to par for the Irish senior. In fact, it was just the 10th round of 66 or better by a Notre Dame player on a par-72 course since 1962.
“This team continues to impress me with our mindsets and mental toughness,” Notre Dame head coach John Handrigan said. “We never give up and it showed again this week as we climbed up the leaderboard. We fight for every shot and I’m proud of this team as we’ve worked hard on this aspect all year.”
Delgado rose some 35 places on the final day to tie for 16th place (75-72-66=213, -3). John Felitto carded a 2-under round of 70 on day three to tie for 24th place (70-74-70=214, -2), while Taichi Kho posted a final round 73 to also share 24th (68-73-73=214, -2). Andrew O’Leary fashioned a final round 70 to tie for 48th place (79-71-70=220, +4), while Davis Lamb added a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday to also share 48th (78-67-75= 220, +4).
“Miguel was awesome today with a bogey-free 66 and a career low,” Handrigan said. “A team captain that is leading our team to success.”
Playing off the back nine to open the final round, Delgado made five straight pars before rolling in a birdie at the par-4 15th hole. Delgado added birdies at the par-3 16th, par-5 17th and par-4 18th holes to make the turn in 32 (-4). Birdies at the par-3 fourth and par-5 sixth holes capped the bogey-free round of 66. One of the steadiest players in the field throughout the event, Delgado finished as the tournament leader in pars made with 41. Six of his nine birdies for the weekend were logged over Delgado’s final 11 holes.
Felitto got off to an equally hot start off the 10th tee to begin his third round, with birdies at the par-3 13th, par-5 17th and par-4 18th holes to key a bogey-free 33 (-3) on the way out. A birdie at the par-5 sixth pushed Felitto to 4-under on his round, and two bogies coming in polished off the 2-under-par effort of 70.
Kho bounced back from a pair of early bogies by notching birdies at the par-4 15th and the par-5 17th holes, making the turn in an even 36. Kho erased what had been a two-over trip through the back nine with a birdie at the par-5 ninth hole to close out his 1-over-par round of 73.
O’Leary kick-started his best round of the tournament with four birdies of his own in an outward 32, picking up strokes at the par-5 11th hole, the par-3 13th hole, the par-5 17th hole and the par-4 18th hole to quickly go 4-under on the day. Four inward bogies on the back side offset two birdies for O’Leary in his 2-under round of 70.
Lamb added two birdies to his tournament ledger, picking up a shot at the par-4 18th and the par-5 sixth holes on Sunday as part of a 3-over round of 75.
Notre Dame closes out its regular-season schedule at the Boilermaker Invitational, hosted by Purdue, on April 13-14 in West Lafayette, Indiana.