Oct. 6, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore Jeff Chen (Walnut, Calif./Los Altos) carded a solid second-round 72 and finds himself in a tie for 35th place at 10-over par 150 to lead all Notre Dame golfers at the third annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, which got underway Monday with the first two rounds of action at the Warren Golf Course (par 70/7,023 yards) on the Notre Dame campus.
The Irish will have some ground to make up heading into Tuesday’s final round, as they currently stand in 15th place at 48-over par 608 (307-301), 29 shots behind overnight leader Minnesota (579, +19) in the 16-team field. The Golden Gophers will sleep on a one-stroke lead over Arkansas and a four-shot edge on Michigan State and Virginia.
Junior Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) is one shot back of Chen in a 38th-place tie at 11-over par 151 (75-76). There is a three-way tie for the individual tournament lead through 36 holes, with Michigan State’s Randy Hutchison, Arkansas’ Andrew Landry and Virginia’s Kyle Stough all sharing top honors at one-over par 141 to pace the 83-man field.
Sophomore Connor Alan-Lee (Solana Beach, Calif./La Jolla Country Day School) is tied for 46th place at 12-over par 152 (76-76), matching the scores posted by two members of the Irish “B” team — junior co-captain Olavo Batista (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Chapel), who carded rounds of 73-79, and freshman Tom Usher (Bradford, England/Guiseley School), who fired a 78-74 on Monday. Collectively, Notre Dame’s “B” squad is 16th at 49-over par 609 (311-298).
Sophomore Tyler Hock (Ocala, Fla./Forest) is tied for 53rd place at 13-over par 153 (80-73), while junior Carl Santos-Ocampo (Naples, Fla./Community School of Naples) is another stroke back in a 57th-place tie at 14-over par 154 (82-72), with both Floridians playing for the “B” team this week. Meanwhile, sophomore Dustin Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) has a share of 76th place at 19-over par 159 (78-81) and fellow starter and freshman Max Scodro (Chicago, Ill./Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.)) is tied for 79th place at 21-over par 161 (84-77), matching the score of classmate Chris Walker (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands), who shot rounds of 80-81.
Junior Kyle Willis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) is playing as an individual competitor this week and is in 83rd place at 26-over par 166 (86-80).
Notre Dame will be back on its home course Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. (ET), starting on the 10th tee at nine-minute intervals in the final round of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. Admission is free to all spectators, who should enter the Warren Golf Course via the main Douglas Road entrance, located just west of the intersection of Douglas and Ironwood roads. Live scoring also is available for this tournament via the Golfstat web site (www.golfstat.com).
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