Irish prepare for ACC championship coming off best spring performance
Observer Sports Staff | Wednesday, April 18, 2018
After one of their strongest performances of the spring at the Clemson Invitational, the Irish will compete in the ACC championship this coming weekend. The tournament will take place at the Old North State Club in New London, North Carolina.
Notre Dame displayed a trend of general improvement in its play throughout the spring season. In their last four tournaments of the spring season, the Irish came in 16th, seventh, sixth and third place, respectively, with their top-three finish at the Clemson Invitational being their third top-three placement of the year if the fall season is included.
The ACC championship will feature a field of 12 teams, with Notre Dame taking the No. 10 seed. Georgia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina headline the field as the top-three seeds in the tournament.
Of the 12 teams, nine are represented in Golfstat’s top-50 rankings. Top-seeded Georgia Tech headlines the conference at No. 5 nationally, while Clemson and North Carolina are not far behind at No. 15 and No. 17, respectively. Florida State, who is ranked No. 19, is the only other program in the top 25. Notre Dame, however, comes in at No. 73 in Golfstat’s rankings, resulting in its No. 10 seed.
A 7,102-yard course with a par of 72, the Old North State Club is hosting the ACC Championship for the 21st time in its history. The championship, in its 65th year, has traditionally been dominated by Wake Forest, which leads the ACC with 18 league titles and 22 individual champions. Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson are the only other ACC programs with double-digit titles, whether outright or shared.
Competition will take place Friday through Sunday. In the first round, Notre Dame will be paired with 11th-seeded Virginia Tech and 12th-seeded Boston College. They will tee-off between 10 a.m. and 10:48 a.m. Friday morning on the back nine of Old North State Club.