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Men’s Golf: Irish open with mixed results

Observer Staff Report | Monday, March 25, 2013

The Irish had a mediocre start to the C&F Bank Intercollegiate on Sunday, shooting a 289 (+9) to claim 10th place out of 32 teams at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.

Notre Dame’s starting five for the tournament were senior Paul McNamara, junior Niall Platt, junior Andrew Lane, sophomore Tyler Wingo and freshman Cory Sciupider. Lane had an excellent first round, scoring two-under par for a score of 68, which tied him for third place individually. He played consistently throughout the day, and registered five straight pars and two consecutive birdies to conclude the first nine holes. Lane logged a total of four birdies and one bogey, showing his maturity and strength on the course.

Sciupider also soared out of the gates with a three-under par score of 67, which tied Eastern Michigan’s Casey Olsen for the best round of the day The freshman didn’t shoot a bogey in the first round and showed composure and mastery of the course.

While Lane and Sciupider had little trouble leading the Irish, their other three golfers struggled throughout the first round. Wingo logged three straight double bogeys (holes 7, 8 and 9) and three straight bogeys (11, 12 and 13) for a final score of 79 (+9).

McNamara also struggled in his opening round, carding five bogeys and one double bogey (+7). Platt tied McNamara’s mark of 77 (+7), with only one birdie on the day.
With leader James Madison at three-over par (283), the Irish will look to play more consistently in today’s second round.