Irish ready to tee off spring season in Florida
Observer Sports Staff | Monday, February 8, 2016
Notre Dame will begin the second half of its 2015-2016 season on Monday and Tuesday at the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play Event. Ball State University will host the event, which will be played in Dade City, Florida.
The course, Lake Jovita Country Club, is the same course where the Irish won their third straight Big East Championship in 2006.
The Irish will look to prevail in Florida again. Ranked as a No. 2 seed in the tournament, the Irish will compete with No. 1 seeded Miami, No. 3 Toledo, No. 4 Xavier, No. 5 Eastern Michigan, No. 6 Dayton, No. 7 Ball State and No. 8 Ohio.
Monday’s first-round play will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and will be followed immediately by the second round. The third round will be begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The tournament will follow match play format in which each player is paired with an opponent and competes against them on each individual hole. The winner of the most holes wins the match for their respective school.
Notre Dame will take on Ball State in the first and second rounds of the match-play tournament. Depending how the Irish fare in these first two rounds, they will play in either the championship or the consolation bracket for the third and fourth rounds.
Junior Matthew Rushton will take the top spot for the Irish while junior Blake Barens jumps into the second spot. Freshmen Miguel Delgado, Ben Albin and Kevin Conners will fill the next three slots in the Irish lineup followed by junior Liam Cox in the sixth spot.