COACH KUBINSKI SAYS... "Cole has become the most accomplished player in the history of our program for many, many reasons. As special as it was to observe his work ethic and great competitiveness on a daily basis, and as physically talented as he is, the opportunity to watch him grow and mature -- both mentally and emotionally -- was very special. He has all the tools to experience great success at the next level. However, regardless of any gained status within our game, he will always be a great ambassador for Notre Dame and our golf program."
AS A SENIOR (2006-07): Team co-captain ... monogram winner ... PING All-Midwest Region (first golfer in program history to earn three regional/national honors in career) ...all-BIG EAST ... Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP ... Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner ... broke school stroke average record for second consecutive season with 72.71 mark in 12 tournaments (34 rounds) ... collected four top-10 finishes, including three in top five ... led team with 14 rounds of par or better, 12 of which were under par (six in the 60s) ... started final campaign with tie for 19th place at Gopher Invitational, posting 11-over par 227 (79-72-76) ... was runner-up at inaugural Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with four-over par 214 (68-73-73); held tournament lead almost wire-to-wire until Lamar's Justin Harding chipped in for birdie on the final hole to swipe medalist honors on Isban's 22nd birthday ... placed 14th in Prestige at PGA WEST with one-under par 215 (71-73-71) ... had team-leading 19th-place tie at CordeValle Collegiate with three-under par 213 (76-66-71); second-round 66 was a career-low and highlight of his final 36 holes that featured 11 birdies and an eagle ... tied for 17th place in fall finale at Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational after six-over par 216 (69-74-73) ... teed off spring with team-best 22nd-place tie at John Hayt Collegiate Invitational (76-76-73=225, +9) ... battled through stomach virus in Triumph at Pauma Valley, tying for eighth place at three-over par 216 (73-70-73) ... erupted to tie 54-hole school scoring record at Border Olympics with seven-under par 209 (70-68-71), finishing in fifth place ... shared 37th place in Administaff Augusta State Invitational at three-over par 219 (73-72-74) ... set pace for Irish with 15th-place tie at rain-shortened Boilermaker Invitational with six-over par 150 (76-74) ... again led team during weather-abbreviated event, tying for 32nd place at Kepler Intercollegiate (79-76=155, +13) ... picked up third all-conference plaque by tying classmate Adam Gifford for fifth place at BIG EAST Championship with three-under par 213 (76-68-69); became only third player in program history to be a three-time all-conference honoree (Mark Baldwin - 2003, 2005-06; Chris Dayton - 1990-92) ... departed with school record for career stroke average (73.76).
SUMMER 2006: Earned third consecutive qualification to U.S. Amateur after tying for second place in sectional qualifier at Fort Wayne Country Club, firing a two-under par 140 ... hampered by illness during 36-hole stroke play at U.S. Amateur (Chaska, Minn.) and finished at 17-over par 160 (80-80) ... tied for sixth (71-67=138, -6) in U.S. Open sectional qualifier at St. Charles (Ill.) Country Club; finished four shots out of final qualifying spot (PGA Tour veteran Steve Stricker was sectional medalist and wound up tied for sixth at U.S. Open, three strokes behind champion Geoff Ogilvy) ... claimed medalist honors (two-under par 70) in U.S. Open local qualifier at South Bend Country Club ... earned exemption into main Western Amateur draw and tied for 27th place in weather-shortened 54-hole stroke play with seven-over par 217 (73-72-72), missing match play cut by three strokes ... tied for 13th at Dogwood Invitational with eight-under par 280 (67-72-73-68) at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta ... shared 16th-place honors at Players Amateur with 10-under par 274 (70-70-68-66) at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C. ... placed 27th in Monroe Invitational with 10-over par 290 (68-76-74-72) at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y.
AS A JUNIOR (2005-06): Team co-captain ...monogram winner ... PING All-Midwest Region ... set (at the time) school record with 72.97 stroke average in 12 tournaments, with 34 of 36 rounds (.944) counting to team score and 16 coming in at par or better (12 under par, team-best seven rounds in 60s) ... had four top-10 finishes, including two in top five ... opened with a 22nd-place tie at the Gopher Invitational, firing an eight-over par 224 (80-74-70) ... earned first-place honors for first time in his career, reaching three-man playoff at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate with career-low six-under par 210 (69-69-72), tying the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history; was eliminated on first sudden-death playoff hole ... tied for 37th place at Coca-Cola Duke Classic following a five-over par 221 (76-71-74) ... garnered share of 11th place at The Prestige at PGA WEST after carding a one-over par 217 (76-73-68); final-round 68 matched lowest of his career ... disqualified himself early in first round at CordeValle Collegiate after discovering he and teammate Scott Gustafson played incorrect balls during the round (tournament employed unusual foursome pairings with teammates in same groups, leading to potential confusion) ... bounced back nicely in spring opener with tie for 10th place at Lexus Naples Intercollegiate Invitational, shooting three-under par 213 (73-69-71) ... tied for 52nd place at General Jim Hackler Invitational (75-75-79=229, +13) ... shared 51st place at Border Olympics with 10-over par 226 (72-76-78) ... led Irish with tie for 13th place at Administaff Augusta State Invitational after carding even-par 216 (74-67-75); second-round 67 was (at the time) a career-low ... tied with teammate Josh Sandman for runner-up honors in 62-man field at Boilermaker Invitational, firing four-over par 220 (74-72-74) ... narrowly missed all-conference honors at BIG EAST Championship, tying for eighth place at three-under par 213 (70-72-71) as team rallied from 12 shots back in final round and won title in sudden death playoff ... tied for 29th place at The Maxwell with four-over par 214 (74-68-72) ... was team's top finisher at NCAA East Regional in 52nd-place deadlock at eight-over par 224 (79-77-68); final-round 68 (-4) tied school record for best score in NCAA postseason play and was lowest ever with relation to par.
SUMMER 2005: Qualified for U.S. Amateur for second consecutive year by taking second place in sectional qualifier with a four-under par 140 at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. ... missed U.S. Amateur cut by four shots after carding a 10-over par 150 (81-69) ... finished tied for fifth in Eastern Amateur at Elizabeth Manor Country Club in Portsmouth, Va., shooting a six-under par 274 (65-73-69-67) to end up seven shots off the pace; was one shot off lead after opening round and tied for lowest final-round score in field ... placed 21st in Players Amateur at Belfair West in Hilton Head, S.C., with an even-par 288 (72-74-68-74) ... advanced to 16-man match play following four rounds of stroke play in Western Amateur at Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich.; finished 13th in stroke play with a three-over par 283 (69-71-74-69) and made 36-hole cut for second consecutive year before losing in first round of match play to Randy Lowry, 5 & 3 ... qualified for match play in North and South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C.; tied for 23rd place in 36-hole stroke play qualifier at even-par 143 (69-74); defeated Jesse Barnsley, 2 & 1 in opening round of match play before bowing to Matt Swan, 4 & 3 in second round.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2004-05): Monogram winner ... became first Notre Dame golfer in 25 years to receive regional or national honors when he was named to the PING All-Midwest Region Team ... all-BIG EAST ... led Irish with a 74.17 stroke average ... posted five top-10 finishes, including three top-five showings ... tied for team-high honors with 91.7 percent of his rounds (33 of 36) counting to the team score ... also had a team-best eight rounds at par or better ... opened with tie for 25th place at Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational with 13-over par 226 (78-73-75) ... earned share of fourth place at Notre Dame Invitational/Central Regional Preview with six-over par 216 (72-76-68) ... final-round 68 was (at the time) lowest of his career ... tied for 44th place at Windon Memorial Classic with 13-over par 226 (76-71-79) ... shared 21st place at Nelson Invitational with six-over par 213 (69-73-71) ... ended fall season with a bang in Prestige at PGA WEST, posting (then) career-best second-place finish at three-over par 219 (72-74-73) on tough Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. ... picked up right where he left off in the fall, opening spring with tie for fifth place at NOKIA Sugar Bowl Tulane Invitational (73-71-77=221, +5); added critical tap-in birdie on first hole of sudden-death team playoff to help Irish win tourney title ... finished 19th at Irish Spring Invitational with 13-over par 229 (72-76-81) ... tied for 30th place at General Jim Hackler Invitational, shooting another 13-over par 229 (73-74-82) ... led team at Augusta State Invitational with 15th-place tie at 12-over par 228 (76-75-77) ... took seventh in dual match with 11th-ranked TCU, carding a 36-hole score of six-over par 146 (73-73) ... again earned team-best scoring honors with 17th-place performance at Aggie Invitational (77-72-72=221, +5) ... earned all-conference honors for second consecutive year following a nine-over par 79 (tie-seventh place) in only round of weather-shortened BIG EAST Championship ... showed exceptional consistency at NCAA Central Regional, tying for 30th place with a seven-over par 217 (73-73-71).
SUMMER 2004: Qualified for U.S. Amateur by placing third at Notre Dame sectional, shooting one-under par 141 ... finished two strokes shy of advancing to match play at U.S. Amateur, tying for 99th place at 12-over par 152 (77-75) on the famed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. ... qualified for match play at North and South Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C., advancing to third round before losing to Jared Texter, 2-up ... tied for eighth at Western Junior Championship in Denver, shooting two-over par 286 (73-72-68-73) during four-day event ... made 36-hole cut at Western Amateur in Benton Harbor, Mich., but did not advance to match play, carding 72-hole score of 12-over par 292 (72-71-75-74) ... was first South Bend area in three years to make 36-hole cut at Western Amateur.
AS A FRESHMAN (2003-04): Monogram winner ...all-BIG EAST ...second on the team with 75.24 stroke average in 11 tournaments ... also finished second on the squad with a 75.81 scoring mark in the spring campaign ... tied for team lead with three top-10 finishes, including two in the spring ... took part in all five fall tournaments for the Irish ... tied for 28th place at the Windon Memorial Classic with a seven-over par 223 (77-73-73) ... ended in 27th-place tie at SMU/Stonebridge Invitational at nine-over par 225 (73-72-80), helping Irish win their first tournament title in four years ... finished in 10th place at The Tillinghast with a 10-over par 150 (77-73) as Notre Dame finished second in the 13-team field ... carded best tournament score of seasib at Nelson Invitational, firing a one-under par 212 (69-71-72) to finish tied for 18th place ... the opening-round 69 was his lowest score of the fall ... matched that mark with a first-round 69 at the BIG EAST Championship en route to a tie for third place with teammate Tommy Balderston at eight-over par 218 ... received all-conference honors while helping the Irish to first BIG EAST title since 1997 and first NCAA postseason berth in 38 years.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner at Mishawaka Marian High School ... three-time all-state, all-city and all-Northern Indiana Conference selection ... earned All-America honors his final two seasons ... won two tournaments as a sophomore and finished third at the state meet, helping Marian win the Indiana state title ... sparkled as a junior, winning four tournaments, posting a career-low 71.5 stroke average and winning the Indiana state championship ... won five tournaments as a senior and wound up third at the state tourney ... ended his prep career with a sparkling 74.0 career stroke average and was the top-ranked golfer in the state ... participated in U.S. Junior Match Play Championship ... finished 10th at Western Junior Championship ... was ranked in Top 25 in nation as senior by both Golfweek/Titleist and U.S. Junior Golf scoreboard ... member of National Honor Society ... full name is Cole Daniel Isban ... son of Michael and Debra Isban ... born October 10, 1984 in South Bend, Ind. ... graduated from Mendoza College of Business in May 2007 with bachelor's degree in marketing ... team representative on Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team selection (2005-07) ... earned certification from Notre Dame Student-Athlete Leadership Institute during 2006-07 academic year.