Paul McNamara III
RECORD BOOK UPDATE: McNamara’s final round 67 (-5) at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional went into the Notre Dame record book as the second-lowest, 18-hole score in Irish NCAA history (since scoring changed to stroke play), besting the previous mark of 68 that had been shot on four occasions … ranks fifth in career stroke average with a mark of 74.42 (minimum 35 rounds played).
AS A SENIOR: Played in every team tournament, and saw 20 of his 24 rounds (.833) count toward the team score … posted eight rounds at even or better, including four sub-par rounds throughout the season … finished in the top 10 twice and top 25 five times … led the team in the fall with a 72.18 stroke average … best 54-hole tournament finish was tied for sixth place at the Georgetown Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-23) with a score of 214 (+1) … began the fall portion of his senior campaign with a 70 (-2) during the first round of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Sept. 15-16) … tied for seventh with an even-par score of 140 in the 36-hole Macdonald Cup (Sept. 29-30) … tied for 15th place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Oct. 7-9) with a 219 (+6) mark … began the spring season at the Schenkel Invitational (March 15-17) by carding a three-round total of 220 (+4) at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. … finished the season tied for 25th place at the BIG EAST Championship (April 28-30) with a score of 222 (+6) on the Tom Watson Course at Reunion Resort … monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned first career selection to all-BIG EAST team … earned second monogram … finished the season with a stroke average of 74.66, good for sixth on the team … competed in all 12 tournaments on the year … saw 24 of his 32 rounds (.750) counted toward the team total … posted seven rounds of even-par golf or better, including six of which were under par … opened the seven-event spring schedule going 0-3-1 at The Match Play (Feb. 13-14) as the team claimed the tournament title … earned a share of 65th at the Schenkel Invite (March 16-18), posting a 54-hole score of 224 (+8) … finished tied for 66th at the Linger Longer Invite (March 24-25) after carding a 236 (+20) … finished third among the team and tied for 42nd overall at the All-American Intercollegiate (April 9-10), recording a 220 (+4) at the tournament … shared fourth at the one-day Battle at the Warren (April 22), posting a 36-hole score of 145 (+3) includingan opening round 70 (-1) … registered strongest finish of the season to start postseason play, finishing fifth at the 2012 BIG EAST Championship (April 29-May 1) … used an opening round 68 (-4) and second round 72 (E) to conclude at 213 (-3) … tied for 35th at the NCAA Central Regional (May 17-19) after posting a 218 (+5) aided by an opening round 70 (-1) … entered in five tournaments in the fall, totaling 15 total rounds … notched a 75.53 stroke average … shot lowest round (66) of any Irish golfer in fall in the first round of the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 11-12) before finishing with a 224 (+8) total … carded a 229 (+19) at the Olympia Fields Invitational (Sept. 16-18) … collected another top-25 finish with a 220 (+10) at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Sept. 26-27) … tallied third top-25 finish of fall with a 223 (+7) score in Kiawah Island, S.C., at The Invitational at the Ocean Course (Oct. 17-18) … rounded out fall slate with a +24 (237) effort at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas (Oct. 31-Nov. 1).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Monogram winner … finished the season as arguably the team’s most improved golfer on the year … played in 10 tournaments on the year, competing in the rotation at nine of those events … ended the season with a stroke average of 74.30, including 74.00 in the spring and 74.67 in the fall … saw 21 of his 24 team rounds (.875) counted toward the team total … posted four under-par rounds along with three even-par rounds … three of his four sub-par rounds also broke 70 … led the team score at two of the tournaments … at The College of Charleston Invitational (Sept. 13-14), finished tied for 12th with a 54-hole score of 223 (+7) … competed as an individual at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Sept. 27-28), finishing in a share of 67th at 22-over par (232) … returned to the rotation at the Lone Star Invitational (Oct. 17-18), finishing tied for 35th with a 223 (+7) … earned second-highest finish of the year at the St. Mary’s Invitational (Oct. 25-26), tying for seventh at two-over par (218) … led the Irish at the Notre Dame vs. Yale Challenge Cup (March 14), ending at five-over par (149) … tied for 55th at the Schenkel Invite (March 18-20), carding a 54-hole score of 225 (+9) … again led the Irish at the LSU National Invitational (April 2-3), tying for 19th with a 227 (+11) score … at the Battle at the Warren (April 12), finished tied for fifth after carding a 71 (E) … finished third amongst the Irish rotation and tied for 10th overall with a 222 (+9) … one of two Irish golfers to finish in the top 25 at the NCAA Southeast Regional (May 19-21), tying for 24th with a 216 (E) … the 216 not only was his lowest tournament score of the season but also the lowest of his career to-date … his final-round 67 also set a new low-mark for a single round during his Irish career.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in two tournaments in his first season with the Irish, both as an individual … notched a 77.50 stroke average … first collegiate appearance came in the fall of 2009 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Oct. 5-6) … tied for 65th with a 23-over par 233 (80-79-74) at the FIGGC … recorded a seven-over par 77 in the Battle at the Warren (April 14).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year starter and letter winner at The Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. … three-time all-area and four-time first-team all-Bay League selection … medalist at 2007 California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS) team event … team captain … also lettered in soccer (2005-06) … rose up to 17th among class of 2009 in Golfweek/Titleist rankings … competed on all three major junior tours – American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) and International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) … IJGT first-team All-American in 2007 … FCWT honorable mention All-American in 2008 … FWCT all-academic honoree in 2008 … amassed six tournament victories, 24 top-five finishes and 33 top-10 placements during his junior career … in 2006-07 alone, won four IJGT tournaments and was runner-up three other times while logging 74.16 stroke average in 12-event season … successfully qualified for 2008 Western Amateur, tying for 12th place with two-over par 72 at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course (despite using borrowed clubs when his own were lost by airline) … finished four strokes shy of making 36-hole cut at Western Amateur, shooting six-over par 146 (71-75) at Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. … won Palos Verdes Golf Club Men’s Championship at age 14 in 2005 … full name is Paul McNamara III … older of two children born to Paul and Christine McNamara … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance.
McNamara[apos]s Career Statistics
|Year||Tournaments||Rounds||Count||Strokes||Avg.||Top Rd||Top 36||Top 54||Top Finish (Field)- Event|
|2009-10||2||4||0/0||310||77.50||74 (+4)||—||233 (+23)||T-65th (Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic)|
|2010-11||10||27||21/24||2,006||74.30||67 (-5)||142 (-2)||216 (E)||T-5th (The Battle at the Warren)|
|2011-12||12||32||24/32||2,389||74.66||66 (-6)||139 (-3)||213 (E)||T-5th (BIG EAST Championship)|
|2012-13||9||24||20/24||1,770||73.75||69 (-1)||140 (E)||214 (+1)||T-6th (Georgetown Intercollegiate)|
|Career||33||87||65/80||6,475||74.42||66 (-6)||139 (-3)||213 (-3)||T-4th ([apos]12 The Battle at the Warren)|