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Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
The Observer

Notre Dame travels to Old Town Club Invitational

As they approach the midpoint of their fall season, the Irish will head to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to compete in the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational on Monday.

Facing arguably their toughest field yet, with three top-50 teams, the Irish are entering the Invitational with momentum, coming off of a bounce-back week in which they took second place at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Illinois. The Irish turned in the lowest score in the final round at Rich Harvest Farms, recording a 284. That low score gave the Irish a final tournament score of 875, moving them past Ohio State and Missouri into second place late in the weekend.

Hunter Ostrom shot a career-best 68 in the final round to seal the individual victory at the Northern Intercollegiate. Ostrom, a junior from Eagle, Idaho, turned in a final 54-hole score of 210, besting the next closes opponent by six strokes. He was able to separate from the tight race after posting a 69 in the second round when no other opponent shot under 72. Ostrom will be competing with the five-man team this week in Winston-Salem. 

Joining Ostrom on the team are senior Miguel Delgado, junior Davis Lamb, sophomore Davis Chatfield and freshman Andrew O’Leary. Junior John Felitto will travel with the team and compete as an individual. 

Chatfield, a native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, went shot-for-shot with Ostrom in the final round of the Northern Intercollegiate, shooting a 68 on Sunday. Chatfield recorded the top score among Irish team members with a 216, good enough to tie for fourth among all competitors. Despite having paced the Irish throughout much of his rookie season. Chatfield is yet to lead the Irish in a tournament this season, finishing second to Lamb in the opening tournament, the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Among other Irish competitors at the Northern Intercollegiate, Delgado, Lamb and O’Leary recorded a 218, 220 and 223, respectively. Felitto, who did not compete at the Northern Intercollegiate, scored a 221 in the individual competition at the Badger Invitational.

Old Town Club, the home course of Wake Forest, has a storied history, having served as the site of the first five ACC Championship. However, this upcoming weekend marked the first time collegiate competition has been held on the course since the 1962 ACC Championship. The par 70 course near Wake Forest’s campus is ranked No. 23 in Golfweek’s annual rankings.

The competition at the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational includes Wake Forest, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina and Yale. Wake Forest, a three-time NCAA men’s golf champion, will be playing on its home course at this week’s event.

Round one of the Invitational tees off Monday at 7:30 a.m., and round two will follow immediately afterward. The competition will conclude on Monday with the final 18 holes of the 54 hole tournament.