Senior Patrick Grahek opened 2015 with an even par 72 in his first round at the Jones Invitational on Monday

Irish Tied For 13th After 36 Holes At Jones Invitational

Feb. 23, 2015

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VALENCIA, Calif. – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team resumed its 2014-15 season on Monday, completing the first two rounds of the Jones Invitational at the Valencia Country Club. Following an opening round seven-over-par 295, the Irish carded an afternoon score of 307 to tie for 13th place after 36 holes of play at 602.

Southern California built on a first round 11-under-par 277 with an afternoon even par 288, taking the outright lead by six strokes at 565. Kennesaw State checked in with a second place effort at 571 (282-289, -5), with Winthrop as the only other team under par in third place (289-285=574, -2).

Senior Patrick Grahek birdied three straight holes early in his first round, notching a three at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes to move to three-under-par. Birdies at the par 5 18th and first holes offset three bogeys and a double bogey the remainder of the round for Grahek, giving the Alpharetta, Georgia native a score of even par 72.

Grahek added a pair of birdies at the par 3 third hole and par 4 fifth hole to kick start his afternoon 18, but subsequent dropped shots shifted his round score to five-over-par 77. Grahek paced all Notre Dame finishers on day one with a 36-hole score of 149 (72-77) and a share of 39th place.

Following a first round two-over-par 74 that included two birdies, sophomore Blake Barens bounced back from an early triple bogey in his afternoon round to finish one-over-par in his final 15 holes, posting a four-over-par 76 to tie for 44th place at 150 (76-74).

Senior Tyler Wingo notched two birdies during his front nine in round one on Monday, rolling in a four at the par 5 first and ninth holes as part of an outward score of one-under 35. A three-over-par stretch on the back nine scaled back the Fairfax, Virginia native’s score to 74 (+2). Wingo finished the opening day of play tied for 46th at 151 (74-77).

Sophomore Liam Cox logged a total of three birdies during his opening two rounds of the Jones Invitational, tying for 62nd place at 154 (77-77). Classmate Matthew Rushton rolled in an eagle at the par 5 ninth hole in the morning 18, finishing the round three-under-par on the Valencia Country Club par 5 holes. Rushton could not build on the momentum, ultimately finishing in a tie for 72nd place at 157 (75-82).

The third and final round of the Jones Invitational is scheduled to begin with tee times off the first and 10th tees on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. (PT). Live round results will be available through

Jones Invitational-Valencia Country Club-Par-72, 7,019 Yds.

TEAMS (After Round 2): 1. Southern California 277-288=565, -11; 2. Kennesaw State 282-289=571, -5; 3. Winthrop 289-285=574, -3; 4. Northwestern 288-290=578, +2; T5. Sam Houston State 289-294=583, +7; T5. BYU 289-294=583, +7; 7. Pepperdine 297-287=584, +8; 8. UC Irvine 299-287=586, +10; 9. Fresno State 301-289=590, +14; 10. San Diego 295-297=592, +16; 11. Georgia State 289-305=594, +18; 12. Lipscomb 304-291=595, +19; T13. Notre Dame 295-307=602, +26; T13. Pacific 303-299=602, +26; 15. South Carolina Upstate 304-306=610, +34.

NOTRE DAME INDIVIDUALS (After Round 2): T39. Patrick Grahek 72-77=149, +5; T44. Blake Barens 74-76=150, +6; T46. Tyler Wingo 74-77=151, +7; T62. Liam Cox 77-77=154, +16; T72. Matthew Rushton 75-82=157, +13.