Notre Dame Focusing On Attitude, Solid Play Entering Round 3
RECORD BOOK UPDATE: Graduates with program's second-best career stroke average (73.90) ... has recorded four of the top 30 single-season stroke averages in school history (dating back to 1954) ... has collected 11 top-10 finishes in 40 career tournaments, including five in a row late in the 2008 spring season ... tied for seventh in Irish record books with 10 team-leading finishes ... has seen 99 of 108 rounds (89.2 percent) count to team score; percentage is sixth-best by Notre Dame golfer since 1990.
AS A FIFTH-YEAR SENIOR: Earned a monogram ... came back from injury to have a strong season ... tri-captain of 2009-10 Irish team ... BIG EAST Golfer of the Month (September 2009) ... competed in all 11 team tournaments (29 rounds) for Notre Dame ... had 24 of his 29 rounds count for the team (.828) ... recorded a 74.72 stroke average, the third lowest mark on the team ... copped medalist honors at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, his best finish of the season, shooting two-over par 212 (70-68-74) ... the win marked the first of his Irish career ... placed third at the weather shortened Bandon Dunes Championship with a 10-over par 152 (80-72) ... his other top-10 showing came at the season-opening Gopher Invitational where he finished at even par (77-66-73=216) to tie for seventh ... tied for 37th at the BIG EAST Championship by shooting a 14-over par 227 (77-79-71).
AS A SENIOR: Did not compete while recovering from summer 2008 back surgery ... successfully petitioned for fifth year of athletic eligibility and will return to action in 2009-10.
AS A JUNIOR: Monogram winner ... PING All-Midwest Region ... all-BIG EAST ... Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP ... competed in all 11 team tournaments (30 rounds) before becoming first Irish golfer ever chosen as an individual qualifier for NCAA regional play (since the regional format was introduced in 1989) ... led team with career-low 73.39 stroke average, which is sixth-best in school history ... posted team-high 12 rounds at par or lower, including nine below par (four in the 60s) ... saw 28 of 30 rounds (93.3 percent) count to team score ... opened with tie for 39th at Gopher Invitational (79-73-80=232, +16) ... shared 16th place at Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with seven-over par 217 (71-73-73) ... tied for 11th at Coca-Cola Duke Classic after shooting three-under par 213 (71-73-69) ... tied for 32nd at the rain-shortened Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate (73, +2) ... closed fall with 15th-place tie at UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship (68-72-77=217, +1), which was played on his home course, Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. ... began spring with tie for 29th place in John Hayt Collegiate Championship at eight-over par 224 (73-76-75) ... posted season-best tie for third place at USC Collegiate Invitational (72-75-73=220, +7) ... fired career-low four-under par 212 (73-71-68) to tie for sixth at Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational ... shared 10th place at National Invitational Tournament with two-under par 214 (71-71-72) ... tied for fourth at Irish Invitational (68-73=141, +1) ... earned second consecutive all-conference certificate with seventh-place tie in BIG EAST Championship at four-over par 220 (71-72-77) ... represented Notre Dame at NCAA Central Regional, finishing in a tie for 65th place at 16-over par 229 (79-75-75).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Monogram winner ... all-BIG EAST ... participated in all 12 tournaments (34 rounds) as member of travel squad ... ranked second on team with 73.91 stroke average ... had team-best 33 of 34 rounds (97.1 percent) count to team score ... third on team with 10 rounds at par or better, including seven below par and four in the 60s ... tied teammate Cole Isban for 19th place in season-opening Gopher Invitational with 11-over par 227 (75-77-75) ... shared 11th place at inaugural Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic after carding 12-over par 222 (73-73-76) ... shot three-under par 213 (76-70-67) in Prestige at PGA WEST en route to 10th-place tie; final-round 67 was (at the time) a new career-best ... earned piece of 25th place at CordeValle Collegiate with one-under par 215 (69-75-71) ... closed out fall season with tie for 14th place at Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational following five-over par 215 (66-77-72); opening-round 66 was a new career low ... tied for 69th place in spring opener at John Hayt Collegiate Invitational (80-76-81=237, +21) ... finished 34th in Triumph at Pauma Valley with 10-over par 223 (76-75-72) ... tied for 21st place at Border Olympics after shooting even-par 216 (71-73-72) ... ended up in 49th-place deadlock at Administaff Augusta State Invitational with five-over par 221 (72-77-72) ... tied for 24th place at weather-shortened Boilermaker Invitational with eight-over par 152 (79-73) ... shared 40th-place honors at rain-abbreviated Kepler Intercollegiate following 15-over par 157 (78-79) ... made strong final-round charge at BIG EAST Championship, moving up into 10th place and garnering first all-conference certificate with one-under par 215 (73-74-68).
SUMMER 2006: Earned first career berth in U.S. Amateur with third-place finish (66-71=137, -7) in qualifier at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, N.C.; was five strokes shy of medalist honors ... finished eight shots off 36-hole cut at U.S. Amateur (Chaska, Minn.), firing 12-over par 155 (80-75).
AS A FRESHMAN: Monogram winner ... got late start to rookie season while recovering from back injury ... made big splash once completely healthy, competing in last five tournaments of season (15 rounds), opening with three consecutive Top 25 finishes, and posting 73.40 stroke average (seventh in school history; best by an Irish freshman since 1954) ... also had 14 of 15 rounds count to team score and shot four rounds under par, including one in the 60s ... made collegiate debut at Administaff Augusta State Invitational and promptly carded three-over par 219 (74-71-74) to tie for 25th place ... turned in exceptional effort in second career event, tying teammate Cole Isban for second place at Boilermaker Invitational with four-over par 220 (77-74-69); final-round 69 was a season-best, while finish remains highest of his career ... played critical role in Notre Dame's third consecutive BIG EAST Championship, tying for 20th place at one-over par 217 (70-71-76) after matching program's 36-hole BIG EAST scoring record and sitting in fourth place entering final round; was hero in team's sudden death playoff win over Louisville, sticking his approach shot (from a downhill lie near a bunker) on the first extra hole within 10 feet, then rolling home the birdie putt to give the Irish the title ... tied for 49th place at The Maxwell at 10-over par 220 (72-74-74) ... was team's second-highest finisher at NCAA East Regional, sharing 59th place at nine-over par 225 (75-77-73).
SUMMER 2005: Qualified for match play in North and South Amateur at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. ... was leading finisher among four Notre Dame golfers in stroke play, tying for 11th place in 36-hole qualifier at two-under par 141 (71-70) ... defeated Chris McCartin, 2 & 1 in opening round of match play ... ousted Gordon Strother in second round, 2-up ... lost in third round to Dane Burkhart, 3 & 2 (Burkhart was eliminated in the next round by another Irish golfer, Eddie Peckels).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinner at Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. ... became first golfer in school history to win North Carolina Class 3A state championship, doing so as a senior in 2005 despite missing most of campaign due to injury ... also finished as 3A state runner-up in 2003 ... team tied for 3A state title in 2005, but lost on scorecard playoff ... was two-time all-state and four-time all-conference selection (2003 all-state choice was first by Southeast Guilford HS golfer in 21 years) ... was runner-up for conference Player of the Year honors in 2004 ... posted personal-low rounds of 67 in each of his final two prep seasons ... was ranked as 32nd-best player in class of 2005, according to Dec. 2004 Golfweek/Titleist rankings ... posted 72.69 scoring average on junior golf circuit, with four top-three finishes in 2004 calendar year ... tied for second at 2004 Bobby Chapman Invitational and was third at both the `04 Golfweek Invitational and `04 Carolina Golf Association Junior Championships ... full name is Joshua Sandman ... third of four sons born to Michael and Dawn Sandman ... born June 6, 1987 in Greensboro, N.C. ... earned bachelor's degree in management-entrepreneurship from Mendoza College of Business in May 2009.