Junior Matt Rushton

Men's Golf Surges to 10th at Rain Shortened Border Olympics

March 12, 2016

LAREDO, Texas — Three different University of Notre Dame golfers fired rounds under par and the Irish improved on their day-one total by 13 shots Saturday en route to a 10th-place finish (three-over par) at the University of Houston 2016 Border Olympics at the Laredo Country Club.

Freshman Ben Albin, junior Blake Barens and junior Matt Rushton shot three-under (69), two-under (70) and one-under (71), respectively. Albin and Rushton finished the two-day tournament in a tie for 14th place at three-under par (141). Barens shot an even-par, two-round total of 144 – good for a tie for 29th.

Freshman Miguel Delgado rebounded from a disappointing opening round 80 (eight-over par) with a one-over par round of 73. Degaldo tied for 89th. Freshman Kevin Conners also performed far better in the second round. Conners, who shot a 79 on day one, fired a three-over par round of 75 on Saturday. He tied for 92nd.

Junior Liam Cox bettered his first-round score of 84 by four shots with a round of 80.

No. 26 Baylor ran away with the team championship. The Bears finished at 20-under par – eight strokes clear of second-place No. 37 Houston (12-under par). Rice (nine-under), Sam Houston State (seven-under) and Louisiana (seven-under) rounded out the top five.

Notre Dame returns to action on Apr. 1-3 at the Clemson Invitational at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Salem, South Carolina.

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Michael Bertsch, director of football media relations at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2006. An Akron, Ohio, native, he graduated from Walsh University (Ohio) in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and also received his master’s degree in health and physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Marshall University in 2001.