April 4, 2014
-KUBINSKI ON THE COURSE
-A TOTAL OF 16 TEAMS VYING FOR THE TOURNAMENT TITLE
-STARTING FOR THE IRISH…
Results will be posted on the UND Athletic Department Web site (www.UND.com) at the conclusion of each round. Live stats will be available through GolfStat.com.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After an off week away from tournament competition, the University of Notre Dame men’s golf team resumes its 2014 schedule this weekend at the Irish Creek Collegiate in Kannapolis, N.C. The Irish will appear in the event, co-hosted by Davidson College and Charlotte, at The Club at Irish Creek for the second straight season after placing 15th at the tournament in 2013.
"Our team is excited for a return to competition this weekend,” Notre Dame head coach Jim Kubinski said. “Three of our five starters heading to Irish Creek competed there last year, which is typically a bonus.”
Senior tri-captain Niall Platt (T-47th), junior Patrick Grahek (T-81st) and sophomore Cory Sciupider (T-64th) will each make their second straight start at the Irish Creek Collegiate after competing in the tournament last season.
“Niall and Patrick return again atop our lineup,” Kubinski said. “Both have played consistently well. We're excited to have sophomore Cory Sciupider, a North Carolina native, back in action after an illness the last couple of weeks. He'll lead our underclassmen contingent, with freshmen Matt Rushton and Liam Cox in our lineup as well.”
Platt led all Notre Dame finishers at the Lone Star Invitational in San Antonio, Texas on March 24-25, firing his lowest 54-hole score of the spring, 214 (-2), to tie for 12th place. Grahek checked in with a share of 30th place after logging two even par rounds, while Cox and Rushton each posted one round at even par or better during the tournament.
“We're a building block team right now,” Kubinski said. “We're making individual improvements all the time, which will have an impact on our team scores as we grow. Our boys are in a good place, confident and determined, to string rounds together. It's an exciting time for us.
“Too often observers feel a particular result is an end product,” he added. “We're not an end product. We're a team working hard and starting to believe in each other. I'm excited for what we can do with this mind set."