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Men’s Golf

Notre Dame takes home win at Fighting Irish Classic

| Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Irish emerged victorious this weekend in the 12th annual Fighting Irish Classic at Warren Golf Course. The Irish had a consistent performance throughout the two-day, 54-hole event, finishing day one atop the leaderboard and remaining there for the remainder of the tournament for a wire-to-wire win.

Irish junior Kevin Conners tees off win an iron during the Fighting Irish Classic on Sunday at Warren Golf Course.Chris Collins | The Observer

Irish junior Kevin Conners hits a hybrid during the Fighting Irish Classic on Sunday at Warren Golf Course.

Round one proved a team effort for the Irish. Four players — freshman Davis Chatfield, sophomores Hunter Ostrom and John Felitto and junior Miguel Delgado — each carded 2-under-par 68s. These performances left the team atop the leaderboard at 8-under par heading into the second round. Junior Kevin Conners had the best first-round performance of any Notre Dame player, finishing with a 3-under-par 67, though he was competing as an individual in the event.

The Irish managed to dial it up in the second round, shooting a combined 10-under, which brought the team to a 18-under par for the event. Junior Ben Albin shined in round two, shooting a 4-under 66. Chatfield kept his pace from the morning, carding a 3-under 67, while Ostrom remained under par with another 68.

With a comfortable 13-stroke lead heading into the final round, the Irish fired off a combined 280 (even) in the final round, winning the trophy for the weekend. In the final round, Albin put up another solid performance, shooting a 2-under 68. With this 18-under-par team finish, the Irish set a new team total-to-par record for the Fighting Irish Classic. Individually, Chatfield and Ostrom finished third and tie for fourth, respectively, while Albin came in at a tie for seventh place.

The team’s record-breaking win over the weekend provides some early momentum, as the majority of the season still lies ahead. The Irish will look to continue their winning streak as they head to Duluth, Georgia, for the Autotrader Collegiate Classic beginning Monday.

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