Oct. 5, 2017
|FIGHTING IRISH CLASSIC|
|When:||Sunday, Oct. 8 – First & Second Rounds | 8:45 a.m. ET shotgun start
Monday, Oct. 9 – Final Round | 8:30 a.m. normal start off No. 1 & 10 tees
|Where:||Notre Dame, Ind. | The Warren Golf Course (Par 71, Yardage 7,020)|
|Team:||Ben Albin, Davis Chatfield, Miguel Delgado, John Felitto and Hunter Ostrom|
Dayton, DePaul, Drake, Fort Wayne, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Oakland, Toledo, Utah State, Western Illinois, William & Mary, Xavier and host (RV) Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The (RV) Notre Dame men’s golf team returns home to host the 12th annual Fighting Irish Classic, taking place Oct. 8-9 at the Warren Golf Course. Notre Dame’s lone home golf tournament of the year welcomes in a field of 12 other teams.
IN THE RANKINGS.
After a solid first two tournaments moved the Irish’s head-to-head record to 18-8, the Golfweek Coaches Poll took notice, with the Blue & Gold receiving four votes in the Sept. 29 poll.
THE ROAD HERE
The Irish tallied an 850 (-14) in a fourth-place finish at the Badger Invitational, before traveling to Shoal Creek, Alabama, where they notched an 869 (+5) that resulted in a sixth-place showing. Thus, the Irish are averaging 286.5 stokes per round as a team. Notre Dame’s best round so far came in the third round at the Badger Invitational, a 278 (-10).
The Fighting Irish Classic will begin on Sunday, Oct. 8, with two rounds, commencing via a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. ET. Notre Dame will be paired with Georgia Southern and Xavier for both rounds, while its five individual competitors will be paired with William & Mary and Utah State.
Meanwhile, Monday’s final round is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. with pairings teeing-off in nine minute intervals, with the last grouping hitting the course by 10:18.
The Warren is a par-71, 7,020-yard course, created in May, 2000. Since its opening, it has been hailed as one of nation’s top-collegiate course in the country by Golf Digest and Golfweek. In addition, the Warren has played host to several high-profile events such as the 2009 & 2010 Men’s U.S. Open Qualifier, the 2010 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship and up next – the 2019 U.S. Senior Open.
Beginning in 2006, Notre Dame has hoisted the tournament title twice – claiming the trophy first in 2009, then again in 2015. Michigan State is the only other school in the tournament’s history to claim the title multiple times, securing the top spot with three championships.
Last year, then Notre Dame senior Blake Barens recorded a new tournament best, 201 (-9), to earn the individual title, joining previous Irish champion Josh Sandman, who accomplished the feat in 2009.
The 2016 Fighting Irish Classic also witnessed Notre Dame tournament lows in round score (268, -12) and team total (836, -4). However, the best ever team total belongs to Texas El Paso who shot an 835 (-5) in 2016.
Dayton, DePaul, Drake, Fort Wayne, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Oakland, Toledo, Utah State, Western Illinois, William & Mary, Xavier and host Notre Dame
After two tournaments, Albin still leads the Irish with the lowest round average at 71.5, followed closely by Delgado’s 72.0. Speaking of, Delgado has recorded a 216, even par, for each tournament, topping all Irish players to finish 14th overall at Shoal Creek. Lastly, Ostrom averages 73.2 per round while Chatfield and Felitto average 73.5 and 74.3, respectively, this season.