2005 BIG EAST Player of the Year earns spot into tournament field in qualifier playoff
COACH KUBINSKI SAYS... "While battling the adversity life sometimes brings seems to be a common theme with our current senior class, Mark's ability to compete at a high level through difficult circumstances has amazed me. Whether it is in dealing with something more serious like the loss of a loved one, or just golf-oriented challenges like a swing or grip change, or even a tough stretch of holes, Mark has consistently shown a great determination, toughness of mind and ability to meet any challenge and succeed. In addition to his mental toughness, he has shown great physical talent as a solid ball striker and in his short game performance. He is the longest straight driver of the ball I've been around in college golf. Mark has an eye on professional golf after graduation and I feel he can be very competitive as he continues to work hard and push himself."
AS A SENIOR (Fall of 2005): Competed in four tournaments during fall season, standing second on team with 72.58 stroke average ... had nine of a possible nine rounds count to team score and six of 12 rounds at par or better ... placed in top 10 twice ... opened with tie for 10th place at Gopher Invitational with three-over par 219 (76-72-71) ... came back with share of 14th place at Shoal Creek Intercollegiate with a two-over 218 (73-72-73) ... turned in best tournament of career (and tied second-best 54-hole score in school history) with six-under par 210 (70-72-68) en route to sixth-place tie at Coca-Cola Duke Classic ... closed out fall season in a 47th-place deadlock at CordeValle Collegiate with eight-over par 224 (78-75-71).
SUMMER 2005: Won New Hampshire Golf Association Players Championship at Baker Hill Golf Club in Newbury, N.H. ... carded a four-under par 140 (69-71) to defeat runners-up Craig Cyr and Matt Giftos by four strokes ... one of three Irish golfers to make 36-hole cut at 103rd Western Amateur, but did not advance to 16-man match play following four rounds of stroke play at Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. ... tied for 39th place after firing an 11-over par 291 (73-73-72-73).
AS A JUNIOR: Picked up third monogram after taking part in 11 tournaments, including nine as a member of the starting five (all eight in spring) and twice as an individual competitor ... posted a career-low 74.93 season stroke average, second-best ratio on team and 18th-lowest seasonal mark in school history ... was especially sharp in the spring 2005 campaign, posting team-best 74.76 stroke average and placing among top 20 in five of eight events ... had three top-five finishes, including two in spring ... tied for lead among starters with 91.7 percent of rounds (22 of 24) counting to team score ... earned a spot in the lineup for the season-opening Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational ... tied for 47th place at the prestigious event, carding a 21-over par 234 (82-77-75) ... returned to the links as an individual at the Notre Dame Invitational/Central Regional Preview ... ended up tied for 42nd place with teammate Daniel Klauer at 20-over par 230 (74-79-77) ... wrapped up his fall schedule with a flourish, finishing in a fifth-place tie at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational as an individual participant (ND did not field a team for the event) ... carded a four-over par 214 (72-71-71) and was one of three Irish golfers to wind up in the top 10 at the tournament ... tied for 12th in first spring tourney at NOKIA Sugar Bowl Tulane Invitational, shooting a six-over par 222 (78-72-72); also converted par putt to help Irish win team title in playoff ...shared 20th place at Irish Spring Invitational with 14-over 230 (74-76-80) ... tied for 14th place in General Jim Hackler Invitational at nine-over par 225 (74-77-74) ... earned a tie for 27th place at the Augusta State Invitational with a 17-over par 233 (78-75-80) ... broke 42-year-old school record, as well as Warren Golf Course mark by carding a 63 (-7) in opening round of dual match vs. #11 TCU on April 9; won medalist honors for two-round event with three-over par 137 (63-74) ... tied for 36th place at Aggie Invitational with 12-over par 228 (78-75-75) ... made most of only round at BIG EAST Championship, shooting five-over par 75 in adverse weather conditions to claim medalist spot at help Irish win second consecutive conference title (also earned second all-BIG EAST citation) ... ended up in 50th-place tie at NCAA Central Regional after firing a 10-over par 220 (72-77-71).
SUMMER 2004: Qualified for match play at the 101st New Hampshire State Amateur Championship following a tie for 17th place in stroke play (75-72=147, +3) on his home course at Laconia Country Club; reached quarterfinals of match play before losing to eventual champion Derek MacAllister, 1-up ... tied for 49th place at the 69th New Hampshire State Open Championship, carding seven-over par 151 (72-79).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Rewarded with his second consecutive monogram after ending up fifth on team with a 76.97 stroke average ...carded a 77.19 scoring mark during the spring campaign ... saw 23 of his 29 rounds count towards the Irish team score ... found his greatest success in the opening round, carding a 76.80 stroke average ... competed in 10 tournaments, becoming a mainstay in the Notre Dame lineup during the spring with seven tourney appearances ... participated in three tournaments during the fall ... posted best finish of his career at The Tillinghast, placing fifth with an eight-over par 148 (72-76) as Notre Dame took home runner-up honors (one of four top-two placements for the Irish in 2003-04) ... finished in 70th place at The Nelson Invitational with a 12-over par 225 (76-77-72) ... led the Irish with a tie for 18th place at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational, carding his best score of the year (218, +2) ... narrowly missed earning all-BIG EAST Conference honors for the second consecutive year, winding up tied for eighth place at the BIG EAST Championship with a three-round score of 13-over par 223, capped by a solid final-round 73 ... helped Irish win their first league title since 1997 and claim their first NCAA postseason berth in 38 years ... carried over strong play into NCAA Central Regional, shrugging off an opening-round 81 to tie for 30th place in the 141-man field at 11-over par 227 (81-72-74).
AS A FRESHMAN: Garnered a monogram after playing in 10 tournaments last year ... carded a 75.55 stroke average during his rookie season, the third-best mark on the team, and had 24 of his 29 rounds count towards the team score ... part of 2002-03 freshman class that was rated first in the nation by Golfstat's Freshman Class Impact Rankings after the fall of 2002 ... earned all-BIG EAST honors with his sixth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship ... fired a 12-over par 224 (75-74-75) as the Irish repeated as conference runners-up ... tied teammate Brandon Lunke for team-high honors and 30th place at the Robert Kepler Invitational with a three-round total of 14-over par 230 (75-80-75) ... wound up in 35th place at the Johnny Owens Invitational after logging a 54-hole score of 19-over par 235 (79-77-79) ... tied for 38th place at the Texas A&M Border Olympics after registering a four-over par 220 (79-70-71) ... appeared in four of the team's five fall tournaments ... his 75.08 average ranked second on the team ... arrived at Notre Dame battling the effects of mononucleosis ... did not play in season-opening tournament at Inverness ... struggled in first tournament back in action at the Kansas Invitational where he tied for 64th with an 18-over par 234 (77-81-76) ... tied for 79th at the Fresno Lexus Golf Classic with a 54-hole total of 18-over par 234 (76-80-78) ... appeared fully recovered at the SMU/Stonebridge Invitational where he was third among Irish golfers and tied for 31st with a six-over par 222 (76-74-72) as the Irish finished fifth in the 14-team field ... closed the fall with the lowest 54-hole total of the season (two-under par 211) as he led Notre Dame and tied for fifth at The Nelson Invitational at Stanford ... opening round 67 (-5) was fourth-best round ever at Notre Dame, as was three-round total of 211 ... closed the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 72.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Played two years at Gilford High School and two at New Hampton Prep in New Hampton, N.H. ... three-time team captain ... was selected all-conference, all-city and all-state in all four high school seasons ... selected a Canon All-American as a senior ... also played basketball at both schools ... finished second at the New Hampshire State championship as a freshman and won it as a sophomore ... two-time state prep school champion ... was the New Hampshire State junior champion three consecutive years (1999-01) ... New England junior champion in 1999 ... won the 2000 United States Challenge Cup championship and was the winner of the 2000 U.S. Challenge Cup World Series of Junior Golf ... finished third at the New Hampshire State amateur in the summer of 2002 with a 208 (65-71-72) ... first round, seven-under par 65 was lowest round ever in New Hampshire State amateur qualifier ... full name is Mark Josef Baldwin ... son of Mark and Marie Anne Gage Baldwin ... born August 20, 1983 in Laconia, N.H. ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters while majoring in film, television and theater ... named to 2004-05 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.