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Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic On Tap For Men's Golf

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 10/05/2012
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ON TAP: The Gonzaga University men's golf team travels to South Bend, Ind., to participate in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic, hosted by the University of Notre Dame Oct. 7-10. The 54-hole event will take place at the Warren Golf Course.

FIGHTING IRISH GRIDIRON GOLF CLASSIC: The Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic will take place at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. The course layout is a 7,023-yard, par-71 configuration.

THE FORMAT: The Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic will consist of 54 holes of play: 18 holes played on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

THE TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS: Twelve teams will partake in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic. Along with Gonzaga and host University of Notre Dame, Boston College, University of Houston, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of San Francisco, UNC-Wilmington, UT-Arlington and Xavier University will participate.

RESULTS: Live in-progress scoring will be available at www.golfstate.com.

GONZAGA LINEUP:

1. Sean Walsh
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: 14th, 226 (82-72-72)
Kikkor Husky Invitational: T54th, 233 (79-75-79)
Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T10th, 212 (69-69-74)

"Sean [Walsh] and Travis [Johnsen] have been battling for the No. 1 spot. Sean will play No. 1 since he finished the best at our last event. He's been a great addition to the program, both as a player and a teammate." - Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray.

2. Travis Johnsen
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T15th, 227 (75-78-74)
Kikkor Husky Invitational: T18th, 222 (78-75-69)
Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T41st, 219 (77-71-71)

"Travis will take the 2nd spot. He's been real close to putting three solid rounds together. It's just been one round that has kept him from three great finishes this fall." - Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray

3. James Fahy
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T15th, 227 (75-77-75)
Kikkor Husky Invitational: 59th, 235 (76-80-79)
Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T20th, 214 (73-69-72)

"James, in the 3rd spot, has been pretty consistent but not at the level he's capable of doing. He putted very well in our last event so he just needs to put the ball in the right place in and around the greens." - Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray.

4. Peter Gullickson
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T46th, 234 (80, 81, 73)
Kikkor Husky Invitational: 63rd, 237 (85-77-75)
Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T69th, 227 (77-77-72)

"Peter has moved up to the 4th spot. He's got a lot of ability but has struggled with his game this fall. He's hitting the ball better each week and he finished well at this course when we were here last time. When a player likes a course that gives him extra confidence in his game. I think this course will do that for Peter this week." - Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray.

5. Brendan Connolly
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate: T24th, 229 (77-75-7)
Kikkor Husky Invitational: 70th, 240 (83-81-76)
Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational: T72nd, 228 (78-74-76)

"Brendan rounds out our top 5 this week. He, too, has struggled with his game but continues to improve. Being Irish and playing at Notre Dame, he's destined to put it all together and have a great week!" - Gonzaga head coach Robert Gray.

GONZAGA HEAD COACH ROBERT GRAY'S THOUGHTS ON THE UPCOMING TOURNAMENT: "We're excited to be playing in Notre Dame's event again. We played in it two years ago and the Warren Golf Course is a great golf course. It's a course where you need to keep it below the hole and make smart decisions. If the wind kicks up, it will be a mental battle as much as a physical one. We have to stay composed in those types of conditions. It looks like it will also be on the cool side, so the course will play longer with the ball not flying as far. That will leave longer irons into the greens and choosing our lines into the greens more critical.

"We'll be up against another strong field and we'll be dealing with the three hour time change. Getting up at 3 a.m. PST is always a big change but fortunately this event will be conducted over three days rather than the usual two, so it won't be quite as tough adjusting.

"We've had a couple of decent finishes but haven't gotten everyone to click on all cylinders at the same time. We'll have a bad round or need to take a high 4th score and that's kept us from having some really solid finishes. With two events left in the fall season, I'd like to see us put it together so the guys can see what they're capable of accomplishing as a team."

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