Sophomores Shane Sigsbee (above) and Cole Isban shot matching scores of four-over par 76 as Notre Dame moved into fifth place after the first round of the Augusta State Invitational on Saturday in Augusta, Ga.

Three Irish Golfers Finish In Top 10 At Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational

Oct. 5, 2004

MUNCIE, Ind. – Showing impressive promise for the future of the Notre Dame men’s golf program, three Irish golfers placed among the top seven in the 90-player field at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, which concluded Tuesday afternoon in Muncie, Ind., at the par-70, 6,438-yard Delaware Country Club. Notre Dame sent five golfers to the tournament to compete as individuals, with no team score being kept for the Irish at the event. Miami (Ohio) claimed the team title by four strokes over the host school, Ball State.

Sophomore Shane Sigsbee (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) posted the best finish of his two-year collegiate career, placing second by one shot with a career-low score of two-over par 212 (69-69-74). It was the third top-five finish of Sigsbee’s career and his second this fall, coming on the heels of a fourth-place tie at the BGSU/John Piper Invitational last month.

Not to be outdone, junior Mark Baldwin (Laconia, N.H./New Hampton Prep) was only two strokes behind Sigsbee and three out of the lead with a four-over par 214 (72-71-71), good for a fifth-place tie. It was the second top-five placement of Baldwin’s career and his score was just three shots shy of his personal best. Freshman Eddie Peckels (Pinehurst, N.C./Pope John Paul II (Fla.)) rounded out the hot-scoring trio with a seventh-place tie at five-over par 215 (72-73-70). In six collegiate rounds thus far, Peckels has posted a 72.83 stroke average and all six rounds have come in at 75 or under.

Peckels’ classmate, Mike King (Sidney, Ohio/Sidney) wound up tied for 34th place at 13-over par 223 (70-78-75), while senior co-captain K.C. Wiseman (South Bend, Ind./Riley) was in a 52nd-place tie at 16-over par 226 (80-69-77), finishing one stroke shy of matching his career best score over 54 holes.

Some Notre Dame individuals will return to action Oct. 11-12 for the Eastern Illinois Invitational in Tuscola, Ill. while others will prepare for The Nelson Invitational, hosted by Stanford on Oct. 23-24.

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TOP EIGHT INDIVIDUALS PLUS NOTRE DAME SCORES (of 90): 1. C.D. Hockersmith (Ball State) 211 (71-69-71); 2. (tie) Shane Sigsbee (Notre Dame) 212 (69-69-74), Mike Calkin (Miami-Ohio) 212 (69-73-70) and Ethan Roush (Northern Illinois) 212 (71-71-70); 5. (tie) Mark Baldwin (Notre Dame) 214 (72-71-71) and Ryan Swelin (Miami-Ohio) 214 (72-70-72); 7. (tie) Eddie Peckels (Notre Dame) 215 (72-73-70) and Nicholas Schenk (Northern Illinois) 215 (73-68-74); 34. (tie) Mike King (Notre Dame) 223 (70-78-75); 52. (tie) K.C. Wiseman (Notre Dame) 226 (80-69-77).