MADISON, Wis. – The Notre Dame men’s golf team kicked off the 2017-18 season on Sunday afternoon at the Badger Invitational on the University Ridge Golf Course (Par 72, Yardage 7,259). After shooting a 292 (+4) in the opening round, the Irish sit in a tie for sixth place.
Individually, Ben Albin’s round of 71 (-1) placed the junior in a tie for 10th, trailing the overall leader (Texas A&M’s Chander Phillips) by five strokes.
“We started off pretty slow, but maintained a positive attitude throughout the day,” Notre Dame head coach John Handrigan stated. “Because of that, we finished strong on the back-nine, which got us back into the tournament with a chance to make a move tomorrow.”
The Notre Dame five-some found themselves in an unwanted position at +10 heading into holes 12-15, but the Irish rallied down the final stretch to finish at +4. Albin led the charge with a spectacular -4 on the back-nine, highlighted by a birdie on 15th followed immediately with an eagle on the par-5 16th.
Both John Felitto (-1) and Miguel Delgado (-2) each followed Albin’s lead by shooting under-par on the back-nine. Felitto ultimately finished with an even-par (72) on the day which placed him in a tie for 19th, while Delgado’s 74 (+2) earned him a tie for 42nd.
Rounding out the team results were Davis Chatfield’s 75 (+3) and Davis Lamb’s 78 (+6).
In addition, Notre Dame had three student-athletes competing individually outside of the team score, with Kevin Conners leading that trio with a 74 (+2) today. Next, Hunter Ostrom notched a 75 (+3) while Alex Jamieson was right behind at 76 (+4).
Monday’s second round will once again commence at 10 a.m. ET with the following tee times announced for the Irish: Hunter Ostrom (10:08 a.m.), Kevin Conners (10:16 a.m.), Alex Jamieson (Noon), Davison Lamb (10:40 a.m.), Davis Chatfield (10:48 a.m.), Miguel Delgado (10:56 a.m.), John Felitto (11:04 a.m.) and Ben Albin (11:12 a.m.).
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.