Notre Dame heads to South Carolina
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, April 1, 2016
After a few weeks away from competition following the Laredo, Texas, Border Olympics, Notre Dame will return to action this weekend at the Clemson Invitational in Salem, South Carolina.
The Invitational will be played at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls course. Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, the course stretches across 160 acres of South Carolina woodlands. It was named Best in State by Golf Digest in 2013, and was chosen as one of Golfweek’s 50 Best New Courses.
The competition will take place from Friday to Sunday. Because the Clemson Invitational is a new tournament, the Irish traveled down to South Carolina on Thursday to get a feel for the course.
The Irish faced similar conditions at Auburn University’s Tiger Invitational in early March, and will look to improve after finishing 15th out of 18 teams there.
Unlike the typical 36-18 hole two-day format, the Clemson Invitational will be spread out over three days, with 18 holes played each day. Split-tee start times will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning,
The tournament field features No. 11 Clemson, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Navy, along with Michigan State. Other teams in the Invitational include ACC foe Louisville, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington and Winthrop.
Notre Dame will start freshman Ben Albin, junior captain Matthew Rushton, junior captain Blake Barens, freshman Miguel Delgado and sophomore Thomas Steve.