Sept. 20, 1997
Irish Fail to Make up Ground at Hawkeye Intercollegiate
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Senior Bryan Weeks (Tulsa, Okla.) led the University of Notre Dame men's golf team for the 12th time in his career, tying for 15th-place Sunday at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate, held at the par-72, 7,030-yard Finkbine Golf Club.
Weeks fired a 74 in Sunday's final round, after also carding a round of 74 on Saturday morning followed by an 80 in Saturday's second round. Weeks--who has led the Irish in three of the last six tournaments--ranks second among Irish golfers in the last 20 years with 12 career team-leading tournament efforts (in 26 outings). Pat Mohan's 16 team-best finishes from 1987-90 ranks first among Irish golfers since 1968 (team-leading records are incomplete prior to '68).
The Irish received a pleasant boost from sophomore Adam Limbach (West Bend, Wis.), who did not compete in any tournaments as a freshman but was inserted as the squads #5-man for the Hawkeye Intercollegiate. Limbach finished second among the Irish contingent with a three-round total of 235 (80-78-77), with his final two rounds factoring towards the count-four team score.
Sophomore Todd Vernon finished one shot behind his classmate Limbach at 236 (79-77-80) while another sophomore, Jeff Connell, was one shot behind Vernon at 237 (78-81-78). Junior Brad Hardin struggled after an opening-round 74 that tied Weeks for the best by an Irish golfer in the tournament. Hardin closed with rounds of 85 and 80 to finish at 239.
Notre Dame finished 11th among the 12-team field, after failing to make up ground on four teams that were eight or fewer shots ahead of the Irish heading into the final round. Notre Dame--which opened with a 305 on Saturday before dropping off to a 316 in the afternoon-- posted a 309 on Sunday for a 930 total, just one shot behind 10th-place Wright State, which held a four-shot cushion on the Irish heading into the final round.
Northern Iowa made a huge jump from a share of eighth place to a third-place finish, thanks to a final round 291. Illinois finished firmly in eighth-place (914, final-round 301) while Northern Illinois settled in at ninth (922) after a final-round 308.
Kent University outdistanced Kentucky for the team title (889-904), led by medalist Ben Curtis (214) and runnerup Todd Lancester (218).
Weeks lowered his career stroke average to 76.58 over 72 rounds, the lowest career stroke average by an Irish golfer since 1982 (statistics are incomplete prior to '81).
TEAM RESULTS (54 holes of 54): 1. Kent 295-297-297/889; 2. Kentucky 304-297-303/904; 3. Northern Iowa 313-301-291/904; 3. Northern Iowa 313-301-291/905; 4. Wisconsin 302-299-203/906; 5. Marquette 305-299-308/921; 6. Bowling Green 310-299-304/913; Iowa 300-306-307/913; 8. Illinois 309-304-301/914; 9. Northern Illinois 313-301-308/922; 10. Wright State 303-314-312/929; 11. Notre Dame 305-316-309/930; 12. Western Illinois 320-329-321/970.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (of 65): 1. Ben Curtis, KENT, 74-72- 68/214; 2. Todd Lancaster, KENT, 71-75-72/218; 3. D.A. Points, ILL, 75-71-74/220; 4. John Panek, N. IOWA 80-70-72/222; Tom Uutqala, MARQ, 75-71-76/222; 6. Chris Englund, IOWA, 73-76-74/223; 7. Matt Lowe, N IOWA, 78-77-69/224; Ryan Helminen, WIS, 76-74-74/224; Wes Furnish, KY, 74-75-75/224; Jeff Hunt, BG, 73-75-76/224.
NOTRE DAME SCORES: 15. Bryan Weeks 74-80-74/228; 41. Adam Limbach 80-78-77/235; 46. Todd Vernon 79-77-80/236; Jeff Connell 78-81-78/237; 53. Brad Hardin 74-85-80/239.