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Men’s Golf: ND suffers from slow start

D.H. Kim | Monday, April 15, 2013

 

The Irish concluded play at the two-day Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, with a final score of 901 (310-292-299), placing them 11th in the 12-team field.

Irish coach Jim Kubinski said his team played inconsistent each day, which caused the Irish to fall in the standings. 

“Well, we put ourselves in a tough position with that first round,” Kubinski said. “Our expectation the last couple of events was to get those four solid scores each round, and it’s not a reflection of what we can achieve, but it is where we stand at this point in time.” 

Junior Niall Platt was one of the few consistent players throughout the three rounds, finishing tied for 11th place (74-73-72). On Sunday, he posted a birdie on the 15th hole but bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes to finish with a third round score of 74. McNamara also shot a 74 in the third round, finishing with two double bogeys, one bogey and three birdies, but finished in 58th place overall (81-78-74).  Freshman Cory Sciupider did not match his second round score of 67 (-5) Sunday, but he shot a four-over par, 76 to tie for 21st overall (80-67-76).

“I was very pleased at our ability to play a solid round in the afternoon, aided by Cory’s 67 and Niall’s steady play,” Kubinski said. 

Some Irish golfers had difficulty finishing their last few holes in the final round. Junior Andrew Lane tallied five bogeys and one double bogey in his last nine holes to finish with a 78 for the third round. Sophomore Tyler Wingo had an outstanding eagle on 15, but could not hold the momentum, as he recorded a double bogey on the 18th hole to bring his third round score down to 75

Despite placing second-to-last and struggles in the last few holes, the Irish managed to find some positives from the Hawkeye Invitational, Kubinski said.

“We have seen some good things,” he said. “Niall has started to find his form and learned a lot about himself so far this season. Cory, as a freshman, has played brilliant stretches and shown a very high ceiling.” 

Kansas won the event with a score of 867 (286-290-291). 

Kubinski said his squad would look to take the positives from the event and start anew. 

“The neat thing for us is that the regular season is over and behind us now,” Kubinski said. “We get a clean slate, and our talent hasn’t changed.”  

The Irish will prepare for the Big East championships, which will be held from April 28-30 at Reunion Resort Watson Course in Orlando, Fla.

Contact D.H. Kim at dkim16@nd.edu