April 7, 2013
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team carded a final round score of 299 Sunday to finish in 15th place (297-299-299-895) at the Irish Creek Collegiate at The Club at Irish Creek.
“We're disappointed we didn't post any rounds at par or below,” Notre Dame head coach Jim Kubinski said. “The golf course was a good test but had enough birdie opportunities to yield a few good scores. I really thought this was the week we'd start to put things together. We'll have to wait another week and get some good work in this week before Iowa.”
Junior Andrew Lane fired his third straight 74 to lead the Irish with a tie for 35th place finish (74-74-74-222). Starting his round on the 16th hole, Lane shot a one-over par 37 on holes 10-18.
Junior Niall Platt birdied two holes on his back nine to post a two-over 73 and close in a tie for 47th place (75-76-73-224). Senior Paul McNamara III joined Platt in 47th place following a final round 75 (73-76-75-224).
Freshman Cory Sciupider (T64th, 77-73-77-227) and sophomore Patrick Grahek (T81st, 75-76-82-233) rounded out the Notre Dame lineup.
“We really didn't have anyone take charge for us and lead the way,” Kubinski said. “I thought Niall played much better than his scores indicated. He's close. Andrew hit enough greens he just had a tough putting week, which is a rarity for him.”
North Carolina claimed the team championship after recording a two-day total of 859 (282-285-292). North Carolina State came in second place after firing a final round 289 (292-280-289-861). Kennesaw State (288-290-288-866) and Charlotte (294-291-281-866) finished in a tie for third, while Davidson (289-282-298-869) and UNC Wilmington (289-283-297-869) shared fifth place.
“The Southern teams still have an edge on us,” Kubinski said. “They've played every day for several weeks and have competed in more tournaments. We're still a week or two away from feeling entirely comfortable, but the Warren Golf Course opened last weekend, which is a great help.”
Notre Dame returns to competition at the Hawkeye Invitational April 13-14 at the Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa.
“(Our players) each have an area or two to improve,” Kubinski said. “We have a great group, though. They're not afraid to work at it and their confidence remains high. They posted nearly 3.5 team GPA in the fall, so they know how to prioritize and make improvements.”