Notre Dame Men's Golf Finishes Ninth at NCAA Florida Regional

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Notre Dame men's golf team finished ninth at the 2011 NCAA Florida Regional at the Golden Ocala Golf Course in Ocala, Fla., on Saturday. The Irish finished the tournament with a three-round score of 865 (+1) after a final round total of 287. The Irish set several NCAA school records, including their lowest 54-hole team score. Notre Dame beat the school's previous lowest 54-hole total by 12 strokes with its 865 score, taking down the 877 total posted by the 2005 team. The final round score of 287 was also the second-lowest single-round score, bested only by the 282 third-round performance in '05. Freshman Niall Platt, 2011 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, paced Notre Dame with 10th-place finish, firing a three-round score of 210 to finish six-under par. Platt shot rounds of 68, 69 and 73, finishing the most successful 54-hole tournament for a Notre Dame golfer since the NCAA changed to a 54-hole format in 1989. He bested the previous Irish mark by five shots, which was set by Eric Deutsch in 2005. Sophomore Paul McNamara III stole the show in the final round, shooting a 67 (-5) in the third round for the lowest single-round score of his Irish career and the best single-round performance by a Notre Dame golfer in NCAA competition. McNamara put together a near-flawless round on his final 18 holes, carding six birdies with only one bogey on the par-four 17th hole. After playing the back nine at two under (34), the sophomore improved on that mark by one shot on the front nine, finishing at 33 (-3). Overall, McNamara pulled back to even par (216) for the tournament, which was good for a share of 24th place. The Irish finished their season with an overall record of 86-32 (.729).