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Men’s Golf: Golfers take 4th in Big East

Eric Prister | Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Irish shot a two-under 286 on the final day of the Big East Championships, ending at nine-over par on the tournament, good enough for a fourth-place finish.

After two overall disappointing rounds the first two days of the tournament, Notre Dame was able to shoot under par for the first time in the third round and move up from fifth place, where they had finished after each of the first two rounds.

The Irish were led on the third day by junior Doug Fortner, whose six-under 66 was the second-best individual round of the tournament and helped him finish second overall individually. His 66 came after a solid one-over 73 on day one and a one-under par 71 in the second round, enough for him to win all-Big East honors for the second straight year.

Louisville’s Adam Hadwin was the individual champion of the event, defeating Fortner by three strokes with a three-day total of 207 (9-under).

Fortner’s round of 66 was tied for the third lowest in Notre Dame program history, and did not include any bogeys. The six-under round also tied the program record for the lowest score in a Big East Championship.

Fortner was followed by freshman Max Scodro, who shot better than Fortner in the first two rounds and shot even par on day three, good enough for a tie for seventh place overall.

Also scoring for the Irish on the third day were sophomores Jeff Chen and Connor Alan-Lee, who scored a 73 and a 75, respectively.

Notre Dame finished behind Big East Champion Louisville, who led the tournament from wire to wire, Marquette, who solidified their second-place finish with a 15-under par third round, and Seton Hall, who finished just three strokes ahead of the fourth-place Irish.

The Irish now set their sights on the NCAA Regionals, which will start on May 14.