David Lowe fired a season-best 72 during the second round of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate Sept. 15

Youth Has Chance To Shine For Men's Golf At Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational

Oct. 14, 2012

2012 Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational hosted by Ball State University, Oct. 15-16, Delaware Country Club.

The Delaware Country Club in Muncie, Ind., built in 1910, will serve as the venue for the two-day event. Designed by Arthur Lockwood and measuring 6,438 yards (par-70), the Delaware Country Club received USGA certification in 2003.

“The field for the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational is a very good one. Ball State just won a tournament at Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio) last week, and I know that Iowa and Indiana are sending players. It should be a great college golf environment.”

The 54-hole stroke play tournament begins with a shotgun start Monday morning at 9 a.m. Players will complete two continuous 18-hole rounds on day one before finishing with a final 18 holes on Tuesday.

The Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational will feature a total of 47 players representing nine different universities, but all in the field will be competing as individuals. No team score will be kept during the tournament for the first time in its 37-year history. The breakdown of how many golfers from each school are entered is as follows: Host Ball State (nine players), Notre Dame (four), Bowling Green (Ohio) (four), Indiana (four), Iowa (three), IUPUI (10), Northern Illinois (four), Ohio (six), and Toledo (three).

The four Notre Dame players competing are sophomores Patrick Grahek, David Lowe, Peyton Vitter and Tyler Wingo.

Results will be posted on the UND Athletic Department Web site (www.und.com) at the conclusion of each round. There will be no live stats during play.

Notre Dame returns to team competition at the Georgetown Intercollegiate in Beallsville, Md. Oct. 22-23.

MUNCIE, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team will have four players in the field at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball State University, Monday and Tuesday at the Delaware Country Club.

The tournament is named in honor of former Ball State men’s golf coach and sports information director Earl Yestingmeier, who served the university for 31 years. Ball State has hosted the tournament every year since 1974, with this year’s edition being the first time the event will feature only individual scoring.

The first round is scheduled for a shotgun start Monday at 9 a.m., with players completing a continuous 36 holes. The third and final round is set for a shotgun start Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Notre Dame will be represented by all four members of its sophomore class. Patrick Grahek (Alpharetta, Ga.), David Lowe (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tyler Wingo (Fairfax, Va.) and Peyton Vitter (New Orleans, La.) are all scheduled to compete for the tournament title under the Fighting Irish banner.

“This week is an excellent opportunity for our sophomores” Notre Dame head coach Jim Kubinski says. “Tyler, Peyton and David have all been starters for us this season and could earn that spot back at Ball State, while Patrick has been in contention all along. I’m excited to see them competing, gaining experience and representing Notre Dame. They’re talented guys.”

Grahek made his first appearance of the season last week, finishing in a tie for 51st place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with a three-day total of 229. His final round three-over 74 at the Warren Golf Course was the best competitive 18-hole score of his career.

Lowe made his first career start for the Fighting Irish at the season-opening Tar Heel Intercollegiate Sept. 15-16, firing an even-par 72 during the second round. The Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational will be Lowe’s third tournament with Notre Dame after transferring from Arizona State in the offseason.

Wingo was a member of the starting five in each of the first three team tournaments of 2012-13, carding a season-best 72 during his second round at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. This week will mark Wingo’s sixth official tournament appearance in his Notre Dame career.

Vitter rounds out Notre Dame lineup fresh off a top-40 finish last week at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, closing his tournament with back-to-back rounds of 73 (two-over par) in difficult conditions at the Warren Golf Course. Vitter opened his fall season by posting a one-over 71, an 18-hole career-best, at the prestigious Course at Yale during the first round of the Macdonald Cup Sept. 29-30.