April 24, 2014
-KUBINSKI ON THE COURSE
-THREE DAYS TO DETERMINE THE LEAGUE CHAMPION
-SOME OF THE NATION’S ELITE IN THE ACC FIELD
-STARTING FOR THE IRISH…
Notre Dame’s starting lineup at this week’s ACC Championship will feature senior tri-captains Niall Platt and Andrew Lane, junior Patrick Grahek, sophomore Cory Sciupider and freshman Matt Rushton.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – It will be a historic weekend for the University of Notre Dame men’s golf team in New London, N.C., as the Irish are scheduled to take part in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship for the very first time. The tournament will be contested from Friday through Sunday at the Old North State Club, the longtime site of the ACC Championship.
“I am very pleased with the progress this year in terms of having only one senior as a regular starter for us,” Notre Dame head coach Jim Kubinski said. “Seeing that in the fall we seemed to play one very good round but then had a few rounds where we just didn’t play well. To see the last few weeks, both at our tournaments and at home, guys started to string rounds together both individually and as a team. I think it’s a great sign.
“We are going to go into the ACC Championship with that idea that if we play three good rounds we will have an opportunity,” he added. “I don’t think there is any question that our good rounds have been good enough to compete with anyone, we just need to do that more consistently.”
Notre Dame is coming off a four-stroke victory (287-287-292-866) earlier in the week at the Oak Hill Intercollegiate in Rochester, N.Y. The Irish swept the tournament awards after senior tri-captain Niall Platt secured his second career medalist finish, firing a one-under-par 209 (71-66-72) on the famed major championship layout for a three-shot win.
Platt will lead the Irish into their first ACC Championship along with fellow senior captain Andrew Lane, junior Patrick Grahek, sophomore Cory Sciupider and freshman Matt Rushton. It will be the first time Notre Dame has ever competed in a tournament at the Old North State Club.
Despite none of the players having seen the course in the past like many of their ACC counterparts, Kubinski said that past experience on a particular golf course has a tendency to affect all players differently.
“Any player will tell you he would rather have a feel for a golf course after playing it a few times,” Kubinski said. “What changes for us sometimes at the Warren Golf Club is we play it in one condition through most of the year, and then when we host our tournament the conditions are completely different. The greens are often a little firmer and faster. It really does depend on the player.
“More often than not our guys like to see a golf course, and I think we will learn it Thursday during our practice round and get rolling each day,” Kubinski added. “The neat thing is the championship is not a 36-18 format, where your knowledge really needs to show in one day. We will have three days to attack the golf course, and that will help.”