Notre Dame, Sandman sweep home event
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Senior Josh Sandman and the Notre Dame men’s golf team successfully defended their home turf Tuesday, sweeping top honors at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.
The Irish shot a final round 12-over 292 for a 12-over 870 total, four shots better than Ohio State (283). Last year’s national championship runner-ups Arkansas (286) finished third another four shots back.
“I think it’s been unbelievable to watch our team work so hard to get here,” said coach Jim Kubinski. It was Notre Dame’s first regular-season tournament title since winning the Nokia Sugar Bowl Tulane Invitational during the 2004-05 season.
“To play at home is really special, but to be able to win at home is even better.”
For Sandman, a fifth-year senior, it was the first individual victory of his career.
“It feels great to win,” said Sandman, who rebounded from a front-nine 40 to close in 74 for a 2-over 212 total, two shots better than Ohio State’s Dan Charen, Lamar’s Kevin Hesbois and David Lingmerth of Arkansas.
“It took me five years to do it, but I was finally able to get it done. I knew I had a shot (when things got close over the back nine holes) so I just had to grind it out and get it done.”
– Information from the University of Notre Dame was used in this report