Oct. 24, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. – The No. 42 Notre Dame men’s golf team tied the program record for lowest score after finishing at 22-under par (842) at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. Despite the top mark, the Irish were not able to hold on to a top-three finish, coming in fourth place behind No. 37 Louisville (-24, 840) and Michigan State (-25, 839). South Florida took home the tournament title after recording a 44-under par (820).
Notre Dame’s 22-under par marked the lowest team total in over a decade, matching the all-time record set at the 2006 Big East Championship.
Individually, Miguel Delgado set a new career best after finishing in eighth place with a 205 (-11). The 11-under par score tied Ben Albin (Georgetown Intercollegiate, 2016-17) for lowest individual 54-hole score in school history.
Delgado shot a 68 in Tuesday’s final round to add to his opening round marks of 68 and 69. Delgado finishes fall play with 11 rounds under par, including six rounds in the 60’s.
“I thought we had a very good fall,” Notre Dame head coach John Handrigan stated. “The guys gave it everything they had. They shot quite a few rounds under par this tournament and competed with a lot of tough programs that we’ll see down the round. We certainly put ourselves in the position to win a tournament a lot this fall. We’ll learn from it which will lead to a lot of great things thing spring.”
A day after carding a career low round of 66 (-6) to open the tournament, Kevin Conners followed right behind Delgado, coming in ninth place with a career best 206 (-10). Conners carded an even-par 72 on Tuesday.
Hunter Ostrom tied for 42nd with a 215 (-1) total, counting a score of 71 (-1) for the Irish today. The one-under par marked the junior’s lowest tournament score for a par-72 course this fall.
Quail Valley wraps up the fall slate for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame will kick off spring play at the Martin Downs Collegiate in Palm City, Florida, on Feb. 11.
Josh Bates joined Fighting Irish Media as associate athletics communications director in July of 2017, serving as the women’s basketball and men’s golf contact. Bates earned both his bachelor’s (2011) and master’s (2014) degree in sports management from the University of Illinois. He also worked as a grad assistant at Illinois from 2012-14 and worked full-time at Tulane University from 2014-17.