Head Coach Doug Steiner
Sept. 23, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's golf team heads to Indiana, for its third tournament of the fall, traveling to South Bend for the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. The Musketeers begin play at Warren Golf Course (par-71, 7,023 yards) on Monday at 9 a.m. ET with 36 holes, and wrap up on Tuesday with 18 holes at 8:30 a.m. ET.
XU will sport a five-person lineup of Korey Ward (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West), Yuki Kato (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran), Matt Wetterch (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle HS), Tanapol Vattanapisit (Rayong, Thailand/The Pendleton School) and Matt Gerard (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius).
Joining Norte Dame and Xavier in the field are College of Charleston, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Houston, Michigan State, Southern Mississippi, UT-Arlington, West Florida and Yale.
Last week in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Blue and White finished 4th at the 2013 Michigan Wolverine Intercollegiate at the University of Michigan Golf Course. XU, who carded their best round of the tournament on Tuesday (280) and finished with an 860 (292-288-280), was led by Ward, who finished in a tie for 6th place (71-70-71/212).
The Tournament Field
There will be 13 teams competing in the Fighting Irish Classic, including College of Charleston, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Houston, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Southern Mississippi, UT-Arlington, West Florida, Xavier and Yale.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament begins with a shotgun start Monday at 9 a.m. (ET). Players will complete two continuous 18-hole rounds on day one before finishing with a final 18 holes on Tuesday. Tee times for the final round will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m.
Michigan State will become the only team in tournament history to attempt to defend its FIGGC crown for the second time when the Spartans take the course on Monday. Michigan State won the second-ever playing of the event in 2007, and became the first two-time tournament winner in 2012. Former Michigan State player Ryan Brehm turned in the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history in 2007, carding a six-under par 64 during the second round. Brehm’s three-round total of 205 (-5) is also the best 54-hole total in the first seven FIGGC events.
Results will be posted on the Notre Dame’s official athletics website (www.UND.com) at the conclusion of each round. Live results will be available through golfstatresults.com.