Irish finish sixth at Shoal Creek Invitational
Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, September 27, 2017
After a strong start in the first round Monday, the No. 22 Irish found themselves sitting in 2nd place heading into Tuesday at 5-over-par. The squad ultimately failed to capitalize on its advantageous position in the tournament’s second round. A combined six double-bogeys on Tuesday left the Irish 10-over-par with a sixth place finish. The Irish still found themselves just six strokes away from a top-three finish in a field, alongside noteworthy competitors such as No. 4 Wake Forest and North Florida.
Nevertheless, the tournament was not without its highlights for the Irish. The team was led on Day One by sophomore Hunter Ostrom’s 69 in the first round, which was highlighted by an eagle on the 525 yard 11th hole, by junior Miguel Delgado’s 69 in the second round of the day. Delgado finished 14th overall on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Kevin Conners had the second-best finish for Notre Dame, coming in at at tie for 20th with a 2-over-par 218. Ostrom finished at 3+ and junior Ben Albin finished close behind with a six-over-par 222. Freshman Davis Chatfield came in at 8+ for the Irish.
Players undertook two full rounds on the first day at Shoal Creek Country Club, followed by a final round the following day. On top of the demanding schedule, the course played 7,306 yards this week from the course’s “Blazer” tees, a tough test for any collegiate team. The course has played host to two the PGA Championship twice and the U.S. Amateur Championship.
The Irish will return home this weekend to host the Fighting Irish Classic, at Warren Golf Course, which will take place Oct. 8 and 9.