NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s golfer Andrew O’Leary followed in his fellow Irish teammate’s footsteps in Hunter Ostrom, claiming medalist honors this summer. O’Leary took home the 114th Rhode Island Amateur championship, held at Shelter Harbor Golf Club.
O’Leary advanced four rounds before reaching the 36-hole final. There, O’Leary found himself 1-down to two-time champion Bobby Leopold after the opening 18 holes.
Next, O’Leary surged with two birdies on the front and two on the back, defeating Leopold for the championship, 3-and-1.
“It’s the biggest win ever for me,” O’Leary said. “It’s a big confidence boost.”
This was O’Leary’s first R.I. Amateur. His father, Brian, served as his son’s caddie and helped guide him to a win.
O’Leary becomes the second Notre Dame player in four years to win the Amateur. Davis Chatfield won at Point Judith in 2016.
“I’ll have to put this course at the top of my list in New England now,” O’Leary said. “This means a lot. A lot of great names are on this (winner’s) list.”