April 16, 2005
BRYAN, Texas – The Notre Dame men’s golf team fired a 622 (318-304) over the opening two rounds of the Aggie Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the par 72 7,235-yard Traditions Golf Club. Despite slicing 14 shots off of their first round total, the Fighting Irish are currently in 14th-place out of the 14-team field heading into the final 18 holes of play on Sunday. New Mexico and Oklahoma State reside a top the team leader board with 36-hole totals of 580, while the Lobos’ Spencer Levin leads the individual standings after posting an eight-under par 136. Junior Cole Isban (South Bend, Ind./Marian) led the Irish on day one with a five-over par 149 (77-72).
Ten of the 14 teams in the field are either ranked in the top-25 of the latest GCAA Coaches’ Poll or are receiving votes including the Irish, who garnered three votes. Oklahoma State is No. 1, while New Mexico joins the Cowboys in the top-five at No. 5.
Fighting Irish junior Mark Baldwin (Laconia, N.H./New Hampton Prep) is in a tie for 48th as he fired a nine-over par 153 (78-75) on the day, while classmate Scott Gustafson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) carded a 158 (82-76) and is in 66th. Fellow junior Eric Deutsch (Rochester, Minn./Lourdes) registered a 19-over par 163 (81-82) to reside in 72nd-place.
Notre Dame sophomore Shane Sigsbee (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) struggled in Saturday’s first round as he carded a 91, yet responded in the afternoon with a 77 and currently resides in 74th-place. Rounding out the field for the Irish was freshman Greg Rodgers (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul’s School), who tallied a 170 (89-81) to place 75th heading into day two. The tournament format has each team counting the low four scores out of the six golfers who played for each round.
Sunday’s third and final round will get underway at 8 a.m. (CDT). Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com and for additional information please log on to und.com or call the Notre Dame athletics hotline at (574) 631-3000.
Aggie Invitational (Traditions Golf Club – Bryan, Texas Par 72, 7,235-yards)
TEAM STANDINGS (top 5 of 15, 36-hole totals):
1. New Mexico 580 (286-294), 1t. Oklahoma State 580 (290-290), 3. SMU 582 (293-289), 4. Texas Tech 585 (294-291), 5. Texas 591 (300-291), 14. Notre Dame 622 (318-304).
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS (top four of 75 plus Notre Dame Individuals):
1. Spencer Levin (New Mexico) 136 (67-69), 2. Jeff Bell (Texas) 140 (72-68), 3t. Anthony Kim (Oklahoma) 141 (72-69), 3t. Tyler Leon (Oklahoma State) 141 (69-72), 26t. Cole Isban (ND) 149 (77-72), 48t. Mark Baldwin (ND) 153 (78-75), 66. Scott Gustafson (ND) 158 (82-76), 72. Eric Deutsch (ND) 163 (81-82), 74. Shane Sigsbee (ND) 168 (91-77), 75. Greg Rodgers (ND) 170 (89-81).
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