Images of the Fighting Irish during their run to another BIG EAST title.
RECORD BOOK UPDATE: McNamara's final round 67 (-5) at the 2011 NCAA Southeast Regional went into the Notre Dame record book as the second-lowest, 18-hole score in Irish NCAA history (since scoring changed to stroke play), besting the previous mark of 68 that had been shot on four occasions ... ranks fifth in career stroke average with a mark of 74.42 (minimum 35 rounds played).
AS A SENIOR: Played in every team tournament, and saw 20 of his 24 rounds (.833) count toward the team score ... posted eight rounds at even or better, including four sub-par rounds throughout the season ... finished in the top 10 twice and top 25 five times ... led the team in the fall with a 72.18 stroke average ... best 54-hole tournament finish was tied for sixth place at the Georgetown Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-23) with a score of 214 (+1) ... began the fall portion of his senior campaign with a 70 (-2) during the first round of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Sept. 15-16) ... tied for seventh with an even-par score of 140 in the 36-hole Macdonald Cup (Sept. 29-30) ... tied for 15th place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Oct. 7-9) with a 219 (+6) mark ... began the spring season at the Schenkel Invitational (March 15-17) by carding a three-round total of 220 (+4) at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. ... finished the season tied for 25th place at the BIG EAST Championship (April 28-30) with a score of 222 (+6) on the Tom Watson Course at Reunion Resort ... monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Earned first career selection to all-BIG EAST team ... earned second monogram ... finished the season with a stroke average of 74.66, good for sixth on the team ... competed in all 12 tournaments on the year ... saw 24 of his 32 rounds (.750) counted toward the team total ... posted seven rounds of even-par golf or better, including six of which were under par ... opened the seven-event spring schedule going 0-3-1 at The Match Play (Feb. 13-14) as the team claimed the tournament title ... earned a share of 65th at the Schenkel Invite (March 16-18), posting a 54-hole score of 224 (+8) ... finished tied for 66th at the Linger Longer Invite (March 24-25) after carding a 236 (+20) ... finished third among the team and tied for 42nd overall at the All-American Intercollegiate (April 9-10), recording a 220 (+4) at the tournament ... shared fourth at the one-day Battle at the Warren (April 22), posting a 36-hole score of 145 (+3) includingan opening round 70 (-1) ... registered strongest finish of the season to start postseason play, finishing fifth at the 2012 BIG EAST Championship (April 29-May 1) ... used an opening round 68 (-4) and second round 72 (E) to conclude at 213 (-3) ... tied for 35th at the NCAA Central Regional (May 17-19) after posting a 218 (+5) aided by an opening round 70 (-1) ... entered in five tournaments in the fall, totaling 15 total rounds ... notched a 75.53 stroke average ... shot lowest round (66) of any Irish golfer in fall in the first round of the Gopher Invitational (Sept. 11-12) before finishing with a 224 (+8) total ... carded a 229 (+19) at the Olympia Fields Invitational (Sept. 16-18) ... collected another top-25 finish with a 220 (+10) at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Sept. 26-27) ... tallied third top-25 finish of fall with a 223 (+7) score in Kiawah Island, S.C., at The Invitational at the Ocean Course (Oct. 17-18) ... rounded out fall slate with a +24 (237) effort at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas (Oct. 31-Nov. 1).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Monogram winner ... finished the season as arguably the team's most improved golfer on the year ... played in 10 tournaments on the year, competing in the rotation at nine of those events ... ended the season with a stroke average of 74.30, including 74.00 in the spring and 74.67 in the fall ... saw 21 of his 24 team rounds (.875) counted toward the team total ... posted four under-par rounds along with three even-par rounds ... three of his four sub-par rounds also broke 70 ... led the team score at two of the tournaments ... at The College of Charleston Invitational (Sept. 13-14), finished tied for 12th with a 54-hole score of 223 (+7) ... competed as an individual at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Sept. 27-28), finishing in a share of 67th at 22-over par (232) ... returned to the rotation at the Lone Star Invitational (Oct. 17-18), finishing tied for 35th with a 223 (+7) ... earned second-highest finish of the year at the St. Mary's Invitational (Oct. 25-26), tying for seventh at two-over par (218) ... led the Irish at the Notre Dame vs. Yale Challenge Cup (March 14), ending at five-over par (149) ... tied for 55th at the Schenkel Invite (March 18-20), carding a 54-hole score of 225 (+9) ... again led the Irish at the LSU National Invitational (April 2-3), tying for 19th with a 227 (+11) score ... at the Battle at the Warren (April 12), finished tied for fifth after carding a 71 (E) ... finished third amongst the Irish rotation and tied for 10th overall with a 222 (+9) ... one of two Irish golfers to finish in the top 25 at the NCAA Southeast Regional (May 19-21), tying for 24th with a 216 (E) ... the 216 not only was his lowest tournament score of the season but also the lowest of his career to-date ... his final-round 67 also set a new low-mark for a single round during his Irish career.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in two tournaments in his first season with the Irish, both as an individual ... notched a 77.50 stroke average ... first collegiate appearance came in the fall of 2009 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Oct. 5-6) ... tied for 65th with a 23-over par 233 (80-79-74) at the FIGGC ... recorded a seven-over par 77 in the Battle at the Warren (April 14).
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year starter and letter winner at The Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. ... three-time all-area and four-time first-team all-Bay League selection ... medalist at 2007 California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS) team event ... team captain ... also lettered in soccer (2005-06) ... rose up to 17th among class of 2009 in Golfweek/Titleist rankings ... competed on all three major junior tours - American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) and International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) ... IJGT first-team All-American in 2007 ... FCWT honorable mention All-American in 2008 ... FWCT all-academic honoree in 2008 ... amassed six tournament victories, 24 top-five finishes and 33 top-10 placements during his junior career ... in 2006-07 alone, won four IJGT tournaments and was runner-up three other times while logging 74.16 stroke average in 12-event season ... successfully qualified for 2008 Western Amateur, tying for 12th place with two-over par 72 at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course (despite using borrowed clubs when his own were lost by airline) ... finished four strokes shy of making 36-hole cut at Western Amateur, shooting six-over par 146 (71-75) at Point O' Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich. ... won Palos Verdes Golf Club Men's Championship at age 14 in 2005 ... full name is Paul McNamara III ... older of two children born to Paul and Christine McNamara ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in finance.