April 13 – 14
The Den at Fox Creek
Looking to improve on their performances from a week earlier, the Notre Dame A and B teams came into The Den at Fox Creek looking to capitalize on ideal golfing weather. Once again the A team was led by underclassmen as freshmen Brian Miller (78) and Phil Krebs (85) and sophomores Greg Bourdon (78), Nick Howard-Johnson (80), and Dan Wiegandt (81) posted the squad’s five lowest scores. Senior Tony Michuda also chipped in an 85, and Sean Flanagan and Andrew Rust contributed a pair of 94s. For the second straight week, the Notre Dame A team found itself in trailing just Wisconsin (White), which finished 18 strokes better on the first day.
A week after playing with just 6 members, the B team found itself down to 5 able bodies at Fox Creek. Team Captain Mike Kennedy led the squad’s efforts with 5 pars, 7 bogeys, and consistent play throughout to post a more than respectable 91. Ben “Big Dog” Foley rode a birdie, two pars, and six bogeys to an even 100 while Sam Herr and Dan McCarthy fired a pair of 103s. Tim Scott may have not recorded any pars on the day, but he was one of only 5 golfers in the entire field to birdie the all-so-difficult par-4 6th. Scott finished at 107.
Sunday morning brought out jackets and sweaters for much of the field as temperatures hovered in the 30s. By midday, however, both the weather and the golf were heating up.
Needing a comeback for the ages, the A team was paced by Wiegandt’s smoking-hot 73 that consisted of 3 birdies and 4 bogeys. Bourdon (76) and Miller (79) both finished under 80 as well. Howard-Johnson (83) and Michuda (86) rounded out the scoring, and while the A team finished with a one-day total under 400 for the first time all spring, it proved too little too late in their comeback attempt.
In the end, Wisconsin (White) actually gained 3 strokes on Notre Dame’s A team on day two, though the Fighting Irish did hold on to its second-straight second place finish. Once again, Wiegandt, Bourdon, and Miller finished in the top-8 individually, earning All-Tournament honors in the process.
On the B-side, Herr (99) used a birdie on the par-5 10th to help crack the 100 mark, and Kennedy (103) poured in a birdie and 5 pars to cap off a nice weekend of golf. The team finished at 525 for the day and 1029 for the tournament.
While neither the A nor B team was able to qualify for Nationals (the Wisconsin (White) team earned the Central Region’s bid), Wiegandt was called upon for his performances this spring to represent Notre Dame as an individual. The NCCGA Nationals will be held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course at Purdue University on April 28 – 29, so come back soon to see how Dan plays!
For more information about the Central Regional at The Den at Fox Creek visit: http://nccga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/nccga13/event/nccga1359/contest/4/leaderboard.htm