AS A SENIOR: Competed in four tournaments on the season for the Irish, two in the spring and two in the fall … played as a member of the Irish rotation at two of the events (The Invite at Kiawah, NCAA Southeast Regional), while entering as an individual at two (Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, Battle at the Warren) … part of the rotation at the first NCAA appearance by the Irish since [apos]05-06 … finished the year with a 75.50 stroke average – 72.00 in the spring and 77.83 in the fall … enjoyed most of his success in the first round, finishing with a 73.25 average on his opening 18 holes … saw four of his six rounds (.667) counted toward the team score, while posting two under-par rounds on the campaign, one of which was in the 60[apos]s … played in the team[apos]s opener at the Invite at Kiawah, placing tied for 65th in the field with a three-round score of 241 (+25) … at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, finished tied for 52nd after carding a 226 (+16) … returned to action at the Battle at the Warren, posting a 69 (-2) to earn a share of second place, along with teammate Max Scodro … the 69 marks not only his lowest round of the season, but also goes down as his best overall round in his Irish career … finished third amongst the Irish rotation at the NCAA Southeast Regional, carding a three-day score of 219 (+3) to finish tied for 33rd overall … second round 71 was his second under-par round of the year.
RECORD BOOK UPDATE: Career stroke average of 74.14 places him 10th in school history (minimum of 35 rounds played).
IN THE FALL (2010): Took part in two tournaments for the Irish in the fall season … posted a fall seasontournament average of 233.50 … accumulated a score of 226 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classicand a 241 at The Invite at Kiawah.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned a monogram … competed in seven tournaments, including twice as an individual … had 11 of his 12 rounds count towards the team total, the second highest percentage on the team (.917) … recorded a 75.72 stroke average … best finish came at the Bandon Dunes Championship when he tied for 13th after shooting a 19-over par 161 (82-79) … recorded his lowest round of the season competing as an individual at the Battle at the Warren, shooting a six-over par 76.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Monogram winner … arguably team[apos]s most improved player in 2008-09 … competed in eight tournaments, starting each of them … ranked second on team with 74.42 stroke average (21st on school[apos]s all-time single-season chart) for 24 rounds, with each of his rounds counting to team score … posted pair of top-20 finishes … made first career start at season-opening USF Olympic Club Intercollegiate, tying for 32nd place at nine-over par 222 (74-76-72); final-round 72 was season-low score he carded eight times during the year … claimed share of 23rd place at Saint Mary[apos]s (Calif.) Invitational with career-low five-over par 218 (74-72-72) … closed out fall season with tie for 39th place at Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with 16-over par 226 (78-72-76) … opened spring with 15th-place tie at Palmas del Mar Intercollegiate in Puerto Rico, registering six-over par 222 (75-72-75) … turned in team-best tie for 11th place (his highest placement of the year) at Border Olympics by virtue of five-over par 221 (77-72-72) … notched back-to-back team-high finishes for first time in career with 50th-place tie at Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational, carding eight-over par 224 (77-72-75) … stood alone in 25th place at Robert Kepler Intercollegiate following 16-over par 229 (78-77-74) … fired eight-over par 224 (74-77-73) at BIG EAST Championship to end up in 30th-place tie.
AS A FRESHMAN: Participated in four tournaments during his rookie season, playing twice with the Irish ‘B’ team and twice as an individual competitor … ranked second on team with 73.55 stroke average in 11 rounds … posted three top-20 finishes … showed amazing consistency by shooting between 71 and 74 in nine of 11 rounds … opened with season-best eighth-place tie at Rutgers Invitational (‘B’ team event), carding season-low six-over par 219 (74-71-74) … teed off as individual at Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, sharing 36th-place honors at 11-over par 221 (74-75-72) … started spring season with tie for 12th place at Charleston Southern Spring Kickoff (‘B’ tournament) after firing 10-over par 223 (78-74-71) … finished in 20th-place deadlock at Irish Invitational, shooting six-over par 146 (72-74) while playing as an individual competitor.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year letter winner in golf at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Calif. … three-time first-team all-Miramonte League selection (2004-06) … 2005 Miramonte League Most Valuable Player … 2006 Miramonte League medalist … two-year team captain … turned in superb junior golf career, primarily on the America Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour … carded 74.46 stroke average in 22 career AJGA Tour events, collecting five top-10 finishes along the way … finished second at 2004 AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior (69-71-76=216, E)… took third-place honors at 2006 AJGA Corsemax/Philadelphia Runner Junior (70-70-70=210, -3) … also competed in three all-star events during junior golf career — the AJGA/Polo Golf Junior Classic (2005-06) and the AJGA/Hewlett Packard Junior Championship (2005) … two-time AJGA/HP Scholastic All-American (2005-06) … member of California Scholarship Federation, Future Business Leaders of America (treasurer) and Science Olympiad … full name is Jeffrey Po-Nells Chen … younger of two sons born to Daniel and Juney Chen … born June 14, 1989 in Fontana, Calif. … graduated from the College of Science with a degree in science-business … earned certification from Notre Dame[apos]s Rosenthal Leadership Academy during 2008-09 academic year.
Chen[apos]s Career Statistics
|Year||Tournaments||Rounds||Count||Strokes||Avg.||Top Rd||Top 36||Top 54||Top Finish (Field)- Event|
|2007-08||4||11||0/0||809||73.55||71 (E)||146 (+6)||219 (+6)||T-8th (93)- Rutgers Invitational|
|2008-09||8||24||24/24||1,786||74.42||72 (E)||—||218 (+5)||T-11th (Border Olympics)|
|2009-10||7||18||11/12||1,363||75.72||71 (-1)||161 (+19)||223 (+13)||T-13th (Bandon Dumes Championship)|
|2010-11||4||10||4/6||755||75.50||69 (-1)||145 (+1)||224 (+8)||T-9th (Battle at the Warren)|
|Career||23||63||39/42||4,713||74.81||69 (-1)||145 (+1)||218 (+5)||T-8th ([apos]07 Rutgers Invitational)|