Sophomore Matthew Rushton posted low Notre Dame score with a 69 (-3) in the first round
FALL 2014: Entered four fall tournaments for Notre Dame, earning a starting lineup nod on three occasions ... 75.60 stroke average over 10 competitive rounds ... fired a second round 66 to claim solo fourth place at one-under-par 141 (75-66) during the season opening Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge (Aug. 30) at the Warren Golf Course ... one of two players in the field to finish under par at the Fighting Irish Golf Classic (Sept. 28-30) at the Warren Golf Course and Lost Dunes Golf Club, posting a three-day score of 211 (67-71-73, -2) for solo runner-up honors.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 27 tournament rounds for Notre Dame during sophomore campaign, earning eight nods in the Irish starting lineup ... posted a 75.93 stroke average ... closed with a final round 72 to tie for 30th place at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Sept. 23-24) at the Warren Golf Course (76-74-72-222) ... set the course record at the Members Club at Four Streams with a final round of five under par 66 at the Georgetown Intercollegiate (Oct. 21-22), earning a share of 23rd place (79-78-66-223) ... placed in a tie for 39th place at the Talis Park Challenge (March 16-17) in first spring start (76-75-82-233) ... one of four Irish players to finish in the top 20 at the Notre Dame Oak Hill Intercollegiate (April 21-22), tying for 15th place at 227 (78-76-73).
AS A FRESHMAN: Finished in solo third place in Notre Dame's final BIG EAST Championship appearance (April 28-30) with a five-under par score of 211 ... recorded dual even-par scores of 72 during the first two rounds before ending strong with a five-under par 67 mark on the third and final day of play ... was named to the all-BIG EAST team in only season competing in the conference ... one of two Irish players named to the all-conference team, joining Niall Platt ... appeared in six tournaments with the Irish, including one as an individual entrant ... ended the season with a stroke average of 74.00 ... finished the spring portion of the year with a 73.53 stroke average ... concluded the season with three under-par rounds, along with three even-par performances ... 11 out of 13 rounds counted toward the team score (.846) ... posted three top-25 finishes on the season ... concluded two tournaments in the top five and two within the top 10 ... started the fall season at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (Oct. 7-9) ... after posting a second round score of even-par 71, went on to finish tied for 46th place at 228 (+15) ... began the spring season playing in the Schenkel Invitational (March 15-17) as an individual ... led the Irish at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate (March 25), tying for first place with a score of 67 (-3) ... shot a two-over par 73 during second round at the Irish Creek Collegiate (April 6-7) ... ended the Hawkeye - Great River Entertainment Invitational (April 13-14) with a score of 223 (+7), good for a share of 21st place.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Competed in both varsity golf and junior varsity soccer while attending Christ School in Arden, N.C., in addition to playing as a member of Little Greenies basketball team ... earned four varsity letters during high school golf career and one junior varsity letter during freshman year for soccer ... helped team to undefeated and state championship season during sophomore year ... won individual conference championship during both freshman and junior seasons ... named team MVP and all-region selection in both sophomore and junior years in addition to being an all-conference selection freshman through junior years ... four-time selection to the TYGA all-state team ... finished second at the Buncombe Co. Invitational in which all public, private and Christian high schools in the county participate, during his freshman season ... won first at same tournament sophomore season and runner-up again junior year ... named conference Player of the Year after winning the conference championship freshman year and accomplished the same feat during junior season ... posted the lowest stroke average on the team during junior season ... made birdie putt on second playoff hole to clinch the 3A state championship for team, the first-ever state championship for Christ School ... has made four career holes in one ... won the Jane Marville Jr. Championship, Buncombe Co. Junior Skyview and Tom Fazio Jr. Masters each of past three years participated in ... during spring-summer of '11, shot 29 (-6) on rain-shortened qualifier to secure only spot to participate in the FootJoy Invitational ... made the cut at the event, finishing in the top third of the field ... ranked 6th in '12 class by TYGA (North Carolina rankings), 80th by Golfweek and 83rd by NJGS ... member of the National Honor Society and Wetmore Society ... son of David and Mary Sciupider ... has four siblings: Baxter, Brandon, Kayla and Kendall ... father played baseball for Erie Community College ... born in Asheville, N.C. ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing.