STATESBORO, Ga. – Following two rounds of action at the Schenkel Invitational at the Forest Heights Country Club, the Notre Dame men’s golf team sits at one-under-par, firing off a 287 (-1) to tie for fourth place (288-287=575).
Andrew O’Leary continued his solid weekend with a 69 (-3) in the second round and sits just three shots out of the individual lead in a tie for fourth place at 140 (71-69, -4). Miguel Delgado posted his second straight round of 71 to remain in the top 10, tied for eighth place at 2-under-par (71-71=142). Davis Lamb chipped in a 74 to hold down a share of 28th place (73-74=147, +3), while Taichi Kho rounded out the Irish starting lineup tied for 49th place with a scoring round of 73 (77-73=150, +6).
Ben Albin carded a second-day 79, now tied for 59th place (73-79=152, +8). Playing as an individual, Kevin Conners tallied a 77 (+7) to share 66th (76-77=153, +9).
The tournament’s top five teams remained the only squads cumulatively at par or better, with the par-72, 6,947-yard Forest Heights Country Club layout yielding a 74.45 average across two whole days. Notre Dame ranked fourth in par-4 scoring average (4.11) after the opening 36 holes, adding the fourth-most birdies as a team (28).
O’Leary got out to a fast start on his front nine, notching birdies at the par-4 second, par-3 third, par-5 seventh and par-5 ninth holes. A birdie at the par-5 12th hole pulled him to -5 for the round before a string of three bogies slowed the momentum. O’Leary capped his Saturday with a birdie at the 18th hole, turning in a 69 and leaping into the top five.
After 36 holes, O’Leary has paced the field with 10 total birdies thus far in the tournament. His -5 total on the par 5s also slotted him among the top players in the event.
Delgado responded from a bogey at the first hole with consecutive birdies at the fourth and fifth holes to move to -1. Four straight pars capped his opening nine in 35. A birdie and bogey on the back side were offset with seven pars to bring Delgado home in 71.
Kho made three birdies on the front nine to notch a two-under par, birdieing the first, seventh and ninth holes. Three bogies on the back nine capped Kho’s 73.
Tee times for the third round of the Schenkel Invitational will begin at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on Sunday at the Forest Heights Country Club. Notre Dame players will take the course off the first tee in the scheduled wave between 9:15 and 9:51 a.m.