April 15, 2017
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Five of the top six shooters at the annual Battle at the Warren wore a Notre Dame golf shirt as the Irish men's golf team dominated its third and final home event of the season, winning the Battle of the Warren by 20 strokes with a 36-hole tally of 577. Leading the charge, though not counting towards the team score while competing as an individual, was Kevin Conners who took home a 141 (+1) on a blustery, but warm and sunny day.
It is the fourth tournament win for the Irish in 2016-17, joining the Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge, the Georgetown Invitational and the Yestingsmeier Match Play.
Conners is the fourth titleist from Notre Dame this year, joining teammates John Felitto (Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge), Blake Barens (Fighting Irish Girdiron Golf Classic) and Ben Albin (Georgetown Intercollegiate). Additionally, while there are no individual champions in the match play format, Felitto and Davis Lamb both went 3-0 during the Yestingsmeier Match Play event.
1. Notre Dame (288-289=577, +17)
2. Detroit-Mercy (297-300=597, +37)
3. Canisius (316-310=626, +66)
Notre Dame Lineup
All 11 members of the Irish team were in action on Saturday with six individuals competing in addition to the five whom counted towards Notre Dame's team score.
2. Ben Albin (70-72=142, +2)
3. Matthew Rushton (72-71=143, +3)
T4. Davis Lamb (71-75=146, +6)
T7. Blake Barens (77-71=148, +8)
12. John Felitto (75-76=151, +11)
Ind. Kevin Conners (73-68=141, +1)
Ind. Thomas Steve (70-76=146, +6)
Ind. Hunter Ostrom (74-78=152, +12)
Ind. Liam Cox (76-76=152, +12)
Ind. Miguel Delgado (77-77=154, +14)
Ind. Jens Verhey (76-85=161, +21)
About the Course
Warren Golf Course has served as the home of the Fighting Irish since 1999. It has played host to several prominent events but will truly become an international showcase in 2019 when it plays host to the U.S. Senior Open.
Due to the after-affects of the flood that ravaged South Bend late last summer, particularly Juday Creek which abuts the course, the 18th hole was been shortened to a 145-yard par-three. As such, the course played at 6,713 yards for today's event at par-70.
Leigh Torbin, athletics communications associate director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013 and coordinates all media efforts for Notre Dame's women's basketball and men's golf teams. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.