Cole Isban became the first three-time all-region golfer in school history when he collected his third honor on Wednesday from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). <i>(photo by Todd Drexler/Sideline Sports)</i>

Irish Stumble On Back Nine During Day 2 Of Administaff Augusta State Invitational

March 31, 2007

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EVANS, Ga. – For the second time in three tournaments, Notre Dame fell victim to a sluggish nine-hole stretch in the second round, dropping into a tie for 17th place after 36 holes at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, which continued Saturday at the Champions Retreat Golf Club (par 72/7,265 yards) in Evans, Ga. The Irish have a two-round total of 18-over par 594 (294-300), placing them even with Virginia in a tightly-bunched field where 10 strokes separate sixth from 17th place. No. 17 North Carolina remains the tournament leader at 16-under par 560.

Notre Dame’s two senior captains, Cole Isban (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) and Adam Gifford (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth), are tied for 20th place at one-over par 145. Isban shot an even-par 72 in his second round, getting back to level with a closing birdie. Meanwhile, Gifford covered his second circuit in two-over par 74 after going under par with a 71 in his opening round.

Sophomore Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) currently stands in a tie for 50th place at five-over par 149 (72-77), with his troubles confined mainly to a four-hole stretch in the middle of his round where he was four-over par. Freshman Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) is at 11-over par 155 (78-77) and tied for 82nd place, while junior Eddie Peckels (Pinehurst, N.C./Pope John Paul II (Fla.)) is in 88th place at 20-over par 164 (80-84).

Notre Dame will try to make up some of its deficit in Sunday’s final round of the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, starting at 9:30 a.m. (ET) from the 10th tee at Champions Retreat. Live in-progress scoring is available on the Golfstat web site and full results will be posted on the official Notre Dame athletics web site ( at the conclusion of the day’s competition, as well as on the Notre Dame Sports Hotline (574-631-3000).

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