March 10, 2016
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s golf team closes out its busiest stretch of the season this weekend at the University of Houston’s 2016 Border Olympics.
The 54-hole tournament will be played at the Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas (7,125 yards).
Date: Friday, March 11 – Saturday, Mar. 12
Golf Course: Laredo Country Club (7,125 yards)
Tournament Field: #37 Houston, #56 New Mexico State, #78 McNeese State, #90 UTEP, #92 Sacramento State, #94 UTSA, Lamar, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nevada, Notre Dame, Rice, St. Mary’s (Texas), Sam Houston State, Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Texas State, UALR, ULM.
Format: 54-hole stroke play with the first two rounds taking place on Friday and the final round being played on Saturday. The low four scores (of five) will be counted for the team total each round.
Live Scoring/Leaderboards: Golfstat
On The Tee
-- Notre Dame’s starting lineup will include juniors Matthew Rushton (1), Blake Barens (3) and Liam Cox (5), as well as freshmen Ben Albin (2) and Miguel Delgado (4). Freshman Kevin Conners will play the event as an individual.
-- Earlier this week (March 6-8), the Irish finished 15th at Auburn University’s Tiger Invitational in Opelika, Alabama. Rushton shot an even-par 72 on the final day of play to lead the Irish with an 11th-place showing (74-71-72-217).
-- Three of Albin’s last six rounds have been under par, including a second-round 68 at the National Invitational Tournament (Feb. 28 – March 1). He tied for eighth at that event, which was his second top-10 finish of the season.
-- Baylor won the 2015 Border Olympics at 15-under par (280-284-285—849), while Houston placed second at 12-under par (280-284-288 – 852).
-- After the Border Olympics, the Irish will return home and have a few weekends off from competition until heading to Salem, S.C. to take part in the Clemson Invitational at the The Cliffs at Keowee Falls.
-- ND --
Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and men's golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men's hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College ('06 & '08G).