Images of the Fighting Irish during their run to another BIG EAST title.
RECORD BOOK UPDATE: Earned outright medalist finishes in two career events ('12 and '11 BIG EAST Championships) ... owned the best stroke average in program history with a 73.25 mark upon conclusion of his Irish career ... finished with 19 career team-leading efforts, tied for most all-time in program history ... ranks fourth in career tournament rounds played with 118 and third in rounds counted to team score (104) ... his 73.30 season average in 2010-11 ranks as the sixth best mark since '90 ... he earned the top mark for single-season stroke average during 2011-12 after posting a 71.25 mark ... his 209 (-7) tournament at the 2010 Firestone Invitational ties the second lowest 54-hole tournament by strokes since 1990 and tied the lowest score in relation to par ... his 208 (-5) at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional set the new program low for a 54-hole tournament in relation to strokes ... earned highest finish of any Irish golfer in NCAA Regional competition, sharing seventh at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional ... has had 104 of his 113 rounds counted towards team scoring (.920) for the fourth-best percentage since 1990 (minimum 45 rounds).
AS A SENIOR: Named a tri-captain for the Irish this season ... named PING and Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American ... named BIG EAST Player of the Year for second consecutive season and was named all-BIG EAST for fourth consecutive year ... selected to PING All-Midwest Region team for second straight year ... earned fourth monogram ... posted program career low mark for single season stroke average with a 71.25 mark ... posted team-leading effort at nine of 11 stroke play tournament on the season ... finished with 16 rounds of under-par golf, while posting an additional four rounds of even-par golf en route to having 30 of his 32 rounds counted toward the team total ... finished season with 10 top-25 finishes, seven top-10 results and four top-five placements ... competed in all seven tournaments during spring season ... led the team with a 70.76 mark in those events, concluding at -16 to-par ... opened spring going 2-2 at The Match Play in helping the Irish claim the title ... returned to stroke play competition at the Schenkel Invite, sharing 13th place with a 212 (-4) ... posted second-straight tournament below par, tying for fourth at the Linger Longer Invite with a 211 (-5), aided by a second round 69 (-3) ... finished tied for 29th at the All-American Intercollegiate after firing a 218 (+2), including a final round 69 (-3) ... posted a pair of one-over par 72's at the Battle at the Warren to finish in third place (144, +2) ... began postseason with medalist honors at the 2012 BIG EAST Championship, holding on for a one-shot victory at 210 (-6) ... became first BIG EAST golfer to earn medalist honors in back-to-back seasons since Pat Fogarty of St. John's won three straight from 1982-84 ... continued success at the NCAA Central Regional, earning the highest career finish (T-7th) of any Irish golfer in regional play after posting a 208 (-5) ... finished below par in each of the three rounds of the tournament and posted the lowest career 54-hole score for the Irish in strokes ... played in all five events for the Irish in the fall ... carded a 71.80 scoring average on 15 tournament rounds ... ranked first among Irish golfers in four of five events ... fired three sub-70 scores ... named to Golf World's 50 College Players to Watch list ... BIG EAST Men's Golfer of the Month for September ... started season strong with sixth-place finish at Gopher Invitational with a 219, +3 effort at the Wayzata, Minn., course ... followed up with an 11th-place finish at the Illini Invitational at the world renowned Olympia Fields Country Club in Chicago, Ill., after shooting a three-day total 216 (+6) ... led a furious final round rally up the leaderboard with a closing 69 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, finishing in solo fourth, his best finish on the fall slate ... traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C. to take part in The Invitational at the Ocean Course and shot even-par 216 to claim another top-10 finish ... closed out the fall season with a 22nd-place finish at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas, after completing another tournament at even par (213) ... qualified for the U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills Country Club and made it all the way to the match play rounds in one of the oldest golf tournaments in the United States (1895).
AS A JUNIOR: Monogram winner ... named to PING All-Midwest Region Team ... selected as the BIG EAST Player of the Year, the first such honor bestowed upon an Irish golfer since the awards inception three years ago ... named to the all-BIG EAST team ... played in all 11 tournaments on the season as part of the Irish rotation ... led the team at three of those 11 events ... finished the year with a team-leading stroke average of 73.30 - 74.67 in the spring and 71.93 in the fall ... saw 28 of his 30 rounds (.933) counted toward the team score ... posted a total of 12 under- (8) or even-par (4) rounds on the year ... four of his eight under-par rounds also broke 70 ... enjoyed most success in his third rounds, finishing with a 72.56 average in the final 18 holes ... posted lowest tournament of the season amongst the Irish with his 209 (-7) at the Firestone Invitational ... in season opener at The Invite at Kiawah, finished in eighth place with a 220 (+4) ... finished second amongst the Irish and tied for ninth overall at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic with his 212 (+2) score ... led the Irish and earned first top-five overall finish of the year at the Firestone Invitational, carding a 209 (-7) aided by a second round 67 (-5) ... tied for 20th at the Lone Star Invitational after recording a 54-hole score of 220 (+4) ... at the St. Mary's Invitational, finished tied for fourth with a one-over par 217 (72-74-71) ... finished with a 12-over par 156 at the two-round Notre Dame vs. Yale Cup ... at the Schenkel Invite, finished in a share of 67th with a 229 (+13) ... second amongst Irish and tied for 31st overall at LSU National Invitational, recording a three-round score of 231 (+15) ... became the first Irish golfer to earn medalist honors at the BIG EAST Championship in the current 54-hole format, finishing the tournament at 212 (-1) ... the lone golfer in the BIG EAST field to conclude the tournament under par ... ended season with a tie for 50th at the NCAA Southeast Regional after carding a three-day score of 223 (+7).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned a monogram ... named to the 2010 all-BIG EAST Men's Golf Team ... played in 11 events for the Irish in 2009-10 ... led the team in terms of rounds counted towards team scoring, counting 26 out of 27 (.963) ... posted a 73.96 stroke average, the second best mark on the team ... notched three under-par rounds on the season, including two in the 60s ... recorded seven even-par rounds, one of which came at the Battle at the Warren after notching an even-par 70 for his 18 holes ... his other top-10 finish came at the 2009 Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic (FIGCC) where he tied for 10th after shooting an eight-over par 218 (73-75-70) ... his three rounds all counted towards team scoring at the FIGCC and helped Notre Dame to the team title ... tied for first place after 54 holes of play at the 2010 BIG EAST Championship by shooting a two-over par (71-71-73=215), but lost in a four-man sudden victory playoff.
AS A FRESHMAN: Monogram winner ... all-BIG EAST ... appeared in 10 tournaments during rookie season, starting eight times ... placed third on team with 74.72 stroke average in 29 rounds (second-lowest average by Irish freshman since 1954, topped only by teammate Josh Sandman's 73.40 in 2005-06) ... posted four top-10 finishes, most by Notre Dame freshman since 1968-69, when program moved from dual matches to tournament play ... ranked second on team with four rounds below par ... saw 20 of 24 competitive rounds applied to team score ... made college debut as individual participant at John Dallio Memorial and promptly chalked up fourth-place tie at one-under par 215 (75-67-73); second-round 67 was not only season-low, but also best by Irish freshman since Mark Baldwin's opening 67 at 2002 Nelson Invitational ... earned first starting assignment at Saint Mary's (Calif.) Invitational, tying for 30th place at six-over par 219 (71-76-72) on difficult Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach ... tied for 78th place at Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, carding 29-over par 239 (84-77-78) ... registered one of top performances by rookie in Notre Dame history at UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship, sharing medalist honors (with Michigan State's Payne Gniewek) at season-low three-under par 213 (70-72-71); first Irish freshman to earn medalist honors in 18 years and third in program history, as well as first to do so in 54-hole event ... also first Notre Dame medalist of any kind since Eddie Peckels at 2008 Irish Invitational (36 holes) and first at 54-hole tournament since Cole Isban at 2005 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate ... opened spring with 22nd-place tie at Palmas del Mar Intercollegiate in Puerto Rico following eight-over par 224 (76-73-75) ... tied for 42nd place at Border Olympics with 12-over par 228 (75-78-75) ... shared 88th place in Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational at 18-over par 234 (82-77-75) ... claimed share of 52nd place at inaugural FAU Spring Break Championship thanks to 12-over par 225 (73-78-74) ... competed as individual participant at Caputo Invitational and logged eighth-place tie at 13-over par 157 (82-75) ... posted strong effort in BIG EAST Championship debut, tying for seventh place with season-low three-under par 213 (71-70-72); became sixth Irish freshman to garner all-BIG EAST honors and first since Isban in 2004. SUMMER 2008: Tied for 49th at Western Junior Championship in St. Simons Island, Ga. (Sea Island GC) with 12-over par 292 (73-70-75-74) ... finished fifth at American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Future Legends in Wales, Wis. (The Legend at Brandybrook) with five-over 218 (75-73-70) ... narrowly missed qualifying for Western Amateur, ending up one stroke off cut line with three-over par 73 at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Spent first three prep seasons at Francis Parker High School in Chicago, before moving to Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., for his final year of high school ... helped Notre Dame Prep to 2007 Arizona Class 4A-Division II state title by a whopping 60 strokes (golf is a fall sport in Arizona) as well as a perfect 42-0 dual-match record ... finished as 2007 Arizona 4A-II individual runner-up at one-over par 145 (76-69) ... named 2007 all-state selection and 4A-II Black Canyon Region Player of the Year after helping NDP to regional title and winning regional medalist honors at five-under par 137 ... two-time all-state selection (2006, 2007) while at Francis Parker HS ... finished in top 15 at Illinois Class A Tournament his final two seasons (seventh in 2006; 14th in 2007) ... three-time Independent School League Player of the Year (2005-07) and all-conference selection ... enjoyed success on Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) ... registered 76.72 stroke average in 21 career FCWT events (never missed a cut), with 13 top-20 finishes (nine in the Top 10) and a win at the 2007 Mission Hills Pete Dye Invitational at six-under par 134 (68-66) ... named 2008 FCWT first-team All-American and Central Region Player of the Year after posting four top-10 finishes in 2007-08 season alone ... tied for 21st on 2007-08 FCWT points list (boys 16-18) ... also competed in 15 events on American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Tour, carding 78.07 stroke average with four top-20 finishes (two in the Top 10) ... played for victorious USA squad in 2007 USA-Canada Junior Team matches; one of his USA teammates was Notre Dame classmate Chris Walker ... graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in history.