Men's Golf

Irish Remain in Ninth Place At National Invitational Tournament

March 24, 2008

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Junior Josh Sandman (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford) has positioned himself for a third consecutive top-10 finish, moving into a tie for ninth place after Monday's second round at the National Invitational Tournament at the Omni Tucson National Golf Club (par 72/7,330 yards) in Tucson, Ariz. As a team, Notre Dame held steady in ninth place with a 36-hole total of 11-over par 587 (296-291) and 22 shots behind tournament leader TCU in the 15-team field.

Sandman carded his second consecutive round of one-under par 71, with his two-round score of 142 (-2) putting him five strokes off the individual lead shared by Tulsa's Nicolas Geyger and TCU's Franklin Corpening.

Freshman Dustin Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) continues to look sharp in his first time out with the Notre Dame travel squad. The Irish rookie rose into a tie for 22nd place at two-over par 146 (74-72) in the 81-man field, and has been especially strong on the par-5 holes this week, playing the longest layouts in a tournament-best five-under par thus far.

Sophomore Doug Fortner (Tustin, Calif./Foothill) is tied for 44th place at five-over par 149 (75-74), one shot better than his classmate Carl Santos-Ocampo (Naples, Fla./Community School of Naples), who is tied for 50th place (76-74=150). Senior tri-captain Eddie Peckels (Pinehurst, N.C./Pope John Paul II (Fla.)) rounds out the Irish lineup in a 58th-place tie at eight-over par 152 (77-75).

Notre Dame once again will tee off early on Tuesday, going out at 7:30 a.m. PT (10:30 a.m. ET in South Bend) in nine-minute intervals from the first tee in the final round of the National Invitational Tournament. Live in-progress scoring is available on the Golfstat web site ( and full results will be posted on the official Notre Dame athletics web site ( at the conclusion of the day's competition, as well as on the Notre Dame Sports Hotline (574-631-3000).

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National Invitational Tournament
March 23-24, 2008 • Tucson, Ariz.
Omni Tucson National Golf Club (par 72/7,330 yards)

TEAM SCORES (36-hole totals): 1. TCU 565 (275-290); 2. (tie) New Mexico and UNLV 576 (286-290); 4. Kent State 578 (287-291); 5. Arizona State 583 (290-293); 6. (tie) Arizona 584 (294-290) and Pepperdine 584 (291-293); 8. Sam Houston State 585 (299-286); 9. NOTRE DAME 587 (296-291); 10. (tie) Houston 588 (299-289) and Arizona "B" 588 (298-290); 12. Tulsa 594 (296-298); 13. (tie) Virginia 595 (292-303) and Iowa 595 (299-296); 15. UTEP 616 (311-305).

TOP FOUR INDIVIDUALS PLUS NOTRE DAME GOLFERS (of 81): 1. (tie) Nicolas Geyger (Tulsa) and Franklin Corpening (TCU) 137 (69-68); 3. Ben Moser (UH) 139 (71-68); 4. Brandon Putnam (UNM) 140 (71-69); 9. (tie) Josh Sandman (ND) 142 (71-71); 22. (tie) Dustin Zhang (ND) 146 (74-72); 44. (tie) Doug Fortner (ND) 149 (75-74); 50. (tie) Carl Santos-Ocampo (ND) 150 (76-74); 58. (tie) Eddie Peckels (ND) 152 (77-75).



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