Irish take eighth at Clemson Invite
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, April 5, 2016
This weekend, Notre Dame competed in the Clemson Invitational in Salem, South Carolina. Twelve teams competed in the tournament, including Clemson, Boston College, Louisville and Michigan State, and the Irish finished eighth with a final score of 899 (+35). Clemson’s final 3-under-par 861 put them in first place at the conclusion of the three-day tournament, followed by Georgia Tech, who finished 11 shots behind at 8 over. Georgia Tech claimed the top spot on the individual leaderboard, with junior Vince Whaley shooting an 8-under-par 208 to win the tournament, followed by Louisville senior Robin Sciot-Siegrist at 6-under and Michigan State junior Sam Weatherhead at 1-under.
Junior Matt Rushton had the best performance of the tournament for the Irish, recording a mark of 2-over and tying for ninth place overall. Ten shots out of first place with a total score of 218, Rushton was consistent throughout the three day tournament, shooting 72-72-74.
Young and seasoned players alike had strong performances for the Irish. Freshmen Ben Albin and Miguel Delgado both competed in the tournament, with Albin finishing tied for 17th at 5-over, rising from his 25th place standing on Saturday. Albin also recorded the best third round score on the Notre Dame team, with an even-par 72. Delgado shot a 6-over par 78 during Sunday’s round, as did junior Blake Barens and sophomore Thomas Steve. Steve finished the tournament tied for 64th place.
The Irish will have a chance to compete again at their home course as they host the Battle at the Warren on April 16, and they look ahead beyond that to the ACC tournament starting April 22.