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09/03/2016

Irish Open With Emphatic Win At The Kickoff Challenge

Freshman John Felitto claimed medalist honors after a record-setting performance.

04/16/2016

Albin Shoots Second Round 67 To Claim Battle At The Warren Medalist Honors

Notre Dame won the fourth installment of the Battle at the Warren on Saturday.

04/03/2016

Men's Golf Finishes Eighth at Clemson Invitational

Matthew Rushton tied for ninth overall.

10/22/2015

Men's Golf In Fifth After First Round Of The Jerry Murray/Waterville Invitational

Three Notre Dame golfers shot 3-over par 75's in the opening round at the Waterville Golf Links.

10/11/2015

Men's Golf To Resume Play At The Crooked Stick Intercollegiate

The Irish will travel to Carmel, Indiana, for Indiana University's Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.

AS A SENIOR:

  • Represented the Irish in seven tournaments, competing as an individual in one.
  • Had 16 of his 19 competitive rounds score towards the team total.
  • Had three top-five finishes and two in the top-25.
  • Finished third in the Battle at the Warren (April 15) for his highest finish of the season.
  • Scored a season low of 139 (-3) at the Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge (Sept. 3) which earned him a tie for fourth.
  • Was Notre Dame’s top finisher at both the USF Olympic Intercollegiate (Sept. 12-13) and ACC Championship (April 21-22).
  • Tied for fifth at USF with a 214 (+1).
  • Posted a season-low 212 (+2) to tie for 15th at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Oct. 9-11).

AS A JUNIOR:

  • Played in 10 of 11 tournaments and led the Irish with a 73.22 stroke average and all 27 of his rounds counted towards.
  • Totaled eight top-25 finishes and three inside the top-10.
  • His best finish came when he won the Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge (Aug. 30) with a six-under par 136.
  • It marked his first career medalist finish.
  • He also tied for ninth at the Clemson Invitational (April 1-3) with a two-over par 218.
  • Led Notre Dame at the ACC Championship by tying for 16th with an even-par 216.
  • All told, he was the team’s highest finisher in five of his 10 starts.

AS A SOPHOMORE:

  • Only Notre Dame player to start all 11 tournaments during sophomore season.
  • Team-low 73.84 stroke average in 31 total rounds at the top of the Irish lineup.
  • Logged a .935 percentage (29-for-31) in rounds counting toward the Notre Dame team total.
  • Led all Irish players with 11 sub-par rounds, including nine under-par efforts (seven rounds in the 60s).
  • Earned a then career-best finish in solo third place (68-70=138) at the Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge (Aug. 30).
  • Solo 11th place at Gopher Invitational (Sept. 7-8), firing a combined 219 (73-75-71).
  • Tied for 14th place at the Windon Memorial (Sept. 21-22), equaling a career-low with a second round 67.
  • Earned runner-up honors for the first time at the Rod Myers Invitational (Oct. 11-12), tying for second place with a two-round score of 139 (68-71).
  • Shared top Notre Dame finisher honors at the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 9-10), carding a three-round score of 227 (69-77-81) to tie for 47th place.
  • Earned best spring finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship (April 3-5), firing a final score of 222 (69-76-77) to tie for 27th place.

AS A FRESHMAN:

  • Started first 10 career collegiate tournaments during freshman campaign, compiling a 74.70 scoring average over 30 rounds.
  • Flew out of the gates in first-ever tournament appearance at the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 8-9), tying for sixth place with a three-round score of 210 (67-73-70).
  • Carded a second round score of one-under-par 70 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Sept. 23-24), ultimately finishing in a tie for 27th place overall (74-70-77-221).
  • Added second top 20 effort of the fall at the Georgetown Intercollegiate (Oct. 21-22), sharing 18th place (71-74-74-219).
  • Earned third career top 20 result at the Irish Creek Collegiate (April 5-6), tying for 17th place with a four-over score of 217 (72-72-73).
  • Broke into the top 10 for the second time at the Notre Dame Oak Hill Intercollegiate (April 21-22), earning a share of ninth place at the historic Oak Hill Country Club (74-71-77-222).

PREP AND PERSONAL:

  • Originally from Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Prepped at Heritage Academy.
  • Won the Boys 15-19 championship at the 2012 International Junior Golf Tour Port Royal Golf Club (Hilton Head, S.C.) tournament, firing a two-day score of 142 (73-69).
  • Logged five top-25s on the summer 2012 circuit, highlighted by an eighth-place finish in the Southern Junior (Country Club of North Carolina) and a runner-up effort at the American Junior Golf Association/Under Armour Vicky Hurst Championship (Squire Creek Country Club, Choudrant, La.).
  • Four top-five finishes on the 2011 IJGT docket, including a tie for second place at the Falcons Fire Golf Club tournament (Kissimmee, Fla.).
  • Won a pair of IJGT events in 2010, claiming the top prize at the TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and the Port Royal Club tournaments.
  • Named Golfweek Junior Player of the Week in recognition of his three-under par (72-69-141) at Port Royal.
  • Recorded six straight victories in IJGT events in 2009.
  • Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.

Rushton's Career Statistics

Year Tournaments Rounds Count Strokes Avg. Top Rd Top 36 Top 54 Top Finish (Field)- Event
2013-14 10 30 25/30 2,241 74.70 67 (-4) 140 (-1) 210 (-3) T-6th (Gopher Invitational)
2014-15 11 31 29/31 2,289 73.84 67 (-3) 138 (-4) 212 (+2) T-2nd (Rod Myers Invitational)
2015-16 10 27 27/27 1,977 73.22 68 (-3) 136 (-7) 216 (+2) 1st (ND Kickoff Challenge)
2016-17 8 22 16/19 1,602 72.82 67 (-3) 139 (-3) 212 (+2) 3rd (Battle at the Warren)
Career 39 110 97/107 8,109 73.38 67 (-4) 136 (-7) 210 (-3) 1st ('15 ND Kickoff Challenge)

Matthew Rushton
Matthew  Rushton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cape Town, South Africa

High School:
Heritage Academy (Bluffton, SC)

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 155

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