Oct. 11, 2009
LA QUINTA, Calif. – The Notre Dame men’s golf team (299, +11) is in 11th place after the opening round of the Prestige at PGA WEST from the Stadium Course of PGA WEST. Individually, the Irish were paced on the day by sophomore Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep (AZ)) who put together an even-par, 72 round in his opening 18 holes.
Scodro, who began play on the fourth hole, was able to card five total birdies on his round, including a front nine which saw him post a 35 (-1). After his opening round performance, Scodro finds himself in a tie for 16th place in the individual standings.
Senior Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) rounded out his opening round by posting a three-over par, 75 for the Irish. He was aided by solid play on the four par five’s on the course, playing them at a -2 clip with birdies being captured on the eighth and 11th holes.
Sophomore Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) was able to see his score counted toward the team total after also posting a 76 (+4) in his first round. On the day, Walker was able to put four birdies on the scorecard, including back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes 16 through 18.
Junior Connor Alan-Lee (Solana Beach, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School) was the final score counted for the Irish on the days round, after he was able to card a 76 (+4). Alan-Lee battled through a tough opening day, but was able to post two scores in the red, as he birdied the par four second and the par-three 13th.
Senior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) did not see his round counted to the team score for round one, carding a 77 (+5) on his opening round. Fortner, much like Sandman, was able to take advantage of the par fives on the course, netting birdies on the eighth and 16th holes. He was able to add another birdie to his round on the par-four twelfth as well.
Notre Dame will head back to the course on Monday, October 12 for the second round of play at the Prestige at PGA WEST. Live hole-by-hole scoring of the event is available through Golfstat (www.golfstatresults.com). Daily recaps of the second and third rounds will be posted on und.com.
Prestige at PGA WEST - PGA WEST Stadium Course
Top Five Team Scores (18-hole totals):1. UCLA -8 2802. Stanford -6 2823. Vanderbilt -3 2854. UC Davis -1 2875. TCU +1 289
Top Four Golfers (18-hole scores):1. (tie) Johan de Beer (TCU/68)1. (tie) Sihwan Kim (Stanford/68)3. (tie) Pontus Widegren (UCLA/69)3. (tie) Ben Murray (San Diego/69)
Notre Dame Scores (18-hole totals):16. (tie) Max Scodro 7243. (tie) Josh Sandman 7551. (tie) Chris Walker 7651. (tie) Connor Alan-Lee 7656. (tie) Doug Fortner 77