Chris Walker and the Irish look to improve on a 12th place finish in their last tournament as they tee it up Saturday at the LSU National Invitational.

Irish Tied For Second After Day One Of Lone Star Invitational

Oct. 17, 2010

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San Antonio, Texas – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team (577, +1) sits in a tie for second place after the first day of action on Sunday at the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas. Individually, Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas) leads the Irish after carding a first-day 142 (-2).

The team got off to a sluggish start in the morning round, ending the round in seventh place after posting a nine-over par 297 but rebounded in afternoon play, shooting an eight-under par round of 280 to move into a share of second with Weber State at one-over par, 577. Texas-Arlington paces the field after firing a first day 569 (-7).

After shooting a 75 (+3) in his opening round, Walker rebounded with a five-under par (67) round to close out his day at two under (142) and in a share of third place.

Niall Platt (Santa Barbara, Calif.) led the way in morning round action for the Irish, carding a one-under par 71. He posted a 72 (E) in afternoon action to finish the day with a 143 (-1), good for a tie for eighth.

Tom Usher (Bradford, England) recorded a 76 (+4) in his morning round but rebounded with a two-under par (70) round in the afternoon to jump into a tie for 22nd at 146 (+2).

Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill.) sits fourth amongst Irish golfers after posting a 76 (+4) in the morning and a 71 (-1) in the afternoon. Overall, he is in a tie for 28th at three-over par (147).

Paul McNamara III (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) rounds out the Irish lineup, sharing 37th place at five-over par (149). He shot an opening round 75 (+3) before bettering that by one shot in the afternoon round with a 74 (+2).

Final round action is slated to begin on Monday at 8 a.m. with a split tee start based on 36-hole standings. Check back with for a complete recap of the Irish in the final round of the Lone Star Invitational.

Lone Star Invitational – Briggs Ranch Golf Course, Par 72 – 7,258 yards

Top-Five Team Scores (36-hole totals): 1. Texas-Arlington (-7/569); t2. NOTRE DAME (+1/577); t2. Weber State (+1/577); 4. North Texas (+2/578); 5. UTEP (+3/579)

Top-Five Golfers (36-hole totals): 1. Wes Worster (UT-Arlington/139); 2. Keaton Woodland (Weber State/141); t3. Chris Walker (NOTRE DAME/142); t3. Paul McConnell (UT-Arlington/142); t3. Wesley McClain (Houston/142); t3. Alastair Jones (Texas State/142); t3. Gustaf Kocken (UL-Monroe/142)

Notre Dame Scores (36-hole totals): t3. Chris Walker (75-67-142); t8. Niall Platt (71-72-143); t22. Tom Usher (76-70-146); t28. Max Scodro (76-71-147); t37. Paul McNamara III (75-74-149)