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Men’s Golf: Irish end season in fourth place

Joe Meixell | Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Notre Dame ended its season with a fourth-place finish in the Big East Tournament, completing what was a good, but at times frustrating season for the Irish at the Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky.

The Marquette Eagles took the title, shooting a 10-over par to beat out Louisville who finished up with a 12-over par for the tournament. The Irish were able to finish in fourth place amongst the 12 teams at the Tournament this weekend.

Sophomore Doug Fortner, a solid performer all year long for the Irish, finished three-over par for the tournament with a 219. He finished the tournament in fourth overall, helping him earn his first career all-conference honors, and cap off an impressive year for the second year golfer.

Junior Josh Sandman, the most consistent performer all year long for the Irish had another strong tournament this week. He did not have his best final round but still earned a second all-Big East honor, and also finished in the top 10 of the tournament, making him the first Irish player to finish in the top 10 since 1980. Sandman was able to finish the tournament at four over par and tied for seventh place in the tournament.

Sandman also was able to finish the year off with a 73.1 stoke average and 72.41 in the spring season, which gave him an individual berth to the NCAA regional.

The other impressive finisher for the Irish was a freshman in Dustin Zhang. He showed improvement throughout the year, and in the tournament, finishing in 18th place in the tournament despite a 77 in the first round. He finished eight over par for the tournament, and the Irish hope that he will be one of the future stars for their team.

All in all, the Irish were happy with their season, although they were at times a little inconsistent. They hope to improve upon that inconsistency next year, and hopefully come up with a Big East title.