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    Oct. 8, 1997

    Notre Dame Men's Golf Turns in Record Showing at Legends of Indiana

    Weeks seventh Irish golfer to card 69 in the 1990s

    Connell shoots team-best 217

    FRANKLIN, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame men's golf team completed an impressive showing at the 18-team Legends of Intercollegiate by finishing just three shots out of fifth place on the par-72, 7,044-yard Legends of Indiana Golf Course while compiling some of the top team scores in the history of the Irish golf program.

    Notre Dame totaled an even-par 288 in Tuesday's final round of the play-five, count-four format--after posting scores of 287 and 298 on Monday--to finish with a three-round total of 873 (+9), the best 54-hole team score by an Irish squad in recorded team history (since 1966). The previous best 54-hole score by a Notre Dame team came at the 1990-91 Northern Intercollegiate, when the Irish totaled a 27-over 879 on the par-71 Purdue University course.

    Notre Dame finished three shots ahead of Toledo and four in front of Marshall. Three teams--Illinois, Ball State and Missouri--edged the Irish by a single stroke while Iowa State and Eastern Michigan tied for fifth at 870.

    Senior co-captain Bryan Weeks (Tulsa, Okla.) led the Irish in the final round with a career-best, six-birdie round of 69, equaling the best single-round score by an Irish golfer since 1978. Six other Notre Dame golfers have carded a 69 in the 1990s, including current sophomore Todd Vernon (Englewood, Colo.).

    Weeks' career-best total of 218 included scores of 75 and 74 in Monday's action. His final-round 69 was bettered Tuesday by just three 68s among the 90-player field. Over the course of the three-round event, the field combined for a total of just 14 rounds (out of 270) that were better than Weeks' 69, including a first-round 66 from Marshall's A.J. Riley, a second-round 66 from Miami of Ohio's Adam Speirs and a second-round 67 from Nebraska's Steve Friesen.

    Sophomore Jeff Connell (LaCrosse, Wis.) led the Irish and tied for 21st with a one-over 217 (70-75-72) while surging senior Brad Stanis (Coral Springs, Fla.) joined his classmate Weeks at 218, following rounds of 71-76-71. Stanis, who entered the season battling for the fifth and last starting spot, was used at the #3 spot at the Legends of Indiana after placing third at last week's BIG EAST Championship.

    Vernon, coming off a BIG EAST medalist showing, totaled a 223 (71-76-76) while junior Brad Hardin (Martinsville, Ind.) finished at 228 (79-73-76).

    Notre Dame stood in fifth place after the opening-round 287, which equals the second-best round by an Irish squad since 1968 and stands as the best since the 1994-95 Notre Dame team shot 284 at the Legends of Indiana. Notre Dame's final-round 288 was bested by just three teams in Tuesday's action: champion Miami (281), third-place Wichita (286) and runner-up Kansas (287).

    Three different Irish golfers have posted team-best tournament scores during the four outings in the fall of 1997. Vernon turned in a 221 at the season-opening Air Force Invitational and a 141 at the BIG EAST Championship while Weeks led the Irish with a 228 at the Iowa Hawkeye Intercollegiate.

    Weeks lowered his career stroke average to 76.41, fourth-best in recorded Irish history behind Charles Thurn (74.43, 1956-58), Joseph Grace (74.56, 1960-62) and Frank Hund (76.40, 1958-60). Notre Dame stroke average records begin with the 1953-54 season and are incomplete for some years, although Weeks is known to own the best career stroke average by an Irish golfer since 1980.

    Through the first four fall tournaments of 1997 (11 rounds), Weeks leads the Irish with a 74.43 stroke average, followed by Vernon (74.64), Stanis (75.38), Connell (76.64) and Hardin (77.73). Stanis did not play in the three-round Hawkeye Intercollegiate.

    TEAM RESULTS (54 holes of 54): 1. Miami (OH) 285-279-281/845; 2. Kansas 285-280-287/852; 3. Wichita State 279-290-286/855; 4. Nebraska 283-285-288/856; 5. Iowa State 290-292-288/870; Eastern Michigan 291-291-288/870; 7. Illinois 288-293-291/872; Ball State 290-294-288/872; Missouri 293-287-292/872; 10. Notre Dame 287-298-288/873; 11. Toledo 289-288-299/876; 12. Marshall 288-294-295/877; 13. Indiana 288-297-295/880; 14. Wisconsin 291-297-295/883; 15. Louisville 296-295-297/888; 16. Michigan State 399-298-291/889; 17. Purdue 297-293-300/890; 18. Iowa 298-297-298/893.

    TOP INDIVIDUALS (of 90): 1. Colby Roberts (MISS) 71-68-68/207; Ryan Vermeer (KAN) 68-70-69/207; 3. Jamie Broce (BSU) 70-68-70/208; Steve Friesen (NEB) 70-67-71/208; 5. Kyle Voska (MIA) 68-72-69/209; Tee McCabe (MIA) 71-68-70/209; 7. Chris Thompson (KAN) 70-69-71/210; 8. Randy Leen (IND) 69-73-70/212; Jon Levy (ISU) 71-69-72; 10. D.A. Points (ILL) 68-72-73; Adam Speirs (MIA) 76-66-71/213.

    NOTRE DAME SCORES: 21. Jeff Connell 70-75-72/217; 30. Bryan Weeks 75-74-69/218; 30. Brad Stanis 71-76-71/218; 54. Todd Vernon 71-76-76/223; 68. Brad Hardin 79-73-76/228.

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