Sept. 22, 2016
By Claire Kramer
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame men’s golf team will travel to sunny Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend to take part in the inaugural Maui Jim Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia State University at Mirabel Golf Club.
The Irish are blazing full-steam-ahead after their top five finish last week in the USF Olympic Invitational, and will look to continue their success in the new tournament, boasting a 16-team field.
“We're looking to build on what was a great start, through the first 27 holes at Olympic Club, by carrying strong play through all three rounds. I'm confident our team can do so,” head golf coach Jim Kubinski said. “We've seen so much growth, from so many players, the last few months that we're excited for the opportunity before us in Arizona.”
Date: Sept. 23-25, 2016
Format: 18 Holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Tee Times: Friday tee times begin at 10:00 a.m. EST (7:00 a.m. MST) and Saturday tee times begin at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. MST). Final round tee times will be announced after Saturday’s round.
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
The Course: Mirabel Golf Club (Par-71, 7,147 Yards)
Tournament Field: Georgia State, Notre Dame, Baylor, LSU, Chattanooga, South Carolina, California, Augusta, UAB, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Georgia Tech, Kansas, South Florida, Kent State and Houston.
Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
The Maui Jim Intercollegiate is the first collegiate tournament hosted by Mirabel Golf Club. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mirabel was designed by Tom Fazio. In 2015, Golfweek Magazine ranked Mirabel among its top 100 residential courses.
"We're looking forward to our second trip out west, heading to Mirabel Golf Club in Arizona this week. It's an outstanding golf course and one, I believe, where the non-tournament course record is held by one of our own, 2012 Notre Dame golf alum and honorable mention All-American, Max Scodro,” Kubinski said. “This is Mirabel's maiden voyage in hosting a collegiate tournament so they'll be learning and growing through the week as the teams will. It's a high powered field though, so I anticipate good scoring.”
Coming off his top-five individual finish at the USF Olympic Invitational, senior Matthew Rushton will lead the Irish in the #1 position, followed by senior Blake Barens and freshman Hunter Ostrom in the #2 and #3 positions. Sophomore Ben Albin will play the #4 slot after his impressive 73 in the final round last weekend, and freshman John Felitto rounds out the Irish lineup in the #5 spot. Freshman Davis Lamb will compete as an individual, making his travel intercollegiate debut at Mirabel.
Coach Kubinski on the lineup…
“The lineup, after some at home qualifying this past week, remains similar as in San Francisco. It's a nice blend of youth and experience. We'll also have Davis Lamb, making his travel collegiate debut, as an individual competitor this week."
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Claire Kramer is a junior student assistant for Fighting Irish Media, working closely with the athletics communications directors for the men's and women’s golf, basketball and football programs. An American studies major with minors in theology and journalism, ethics and democracy, Kramer is from Olathe, Kansas.