Men’s Golf in 14th After Day One of Fighting Irish Classic
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Javier Barcos and Hunter Howe both shot under par and moved up more than 20 spots during the second round of the Fighting Irish Classic, which started with 36 holes on Sunday at the Warren Golf Course.
"It was a pretty disappointing day from everyone really, but we have tomorrow and we will see how we bounce back," said coach Garrett Clegg. "Javi and Hunter played well in round two but we need four players to play well in the final round.
Barcos opened the event by playing even golf through his first 11 holes, though he finished the first round three over. Once round two began, he wasted no time getting into the red. Starting on the 14th, Barcos birdied the 17th and the 3rd and he would also collect two more birdies before finishing with a three-under 67. The junior from Spain was two-under on the back nine in round two and his performance enabled him to jump from 59th into a tie for 34th at the end of the day.
Playing in his first-ever tournament for the Utes, Howe also shook off a difficult start that had him four-over and in 62nd after his initial 18 holes. On his second trip around the course, Howe racked up six birdies, including a stretch of five in his first nine holes and his second round 67 pushed him up 23 spots. He'll head to the final round sharing 39th.
Freshman Davis Johnson posted his team's best first round score with a 71 that included six birdies before a 74 in round two put him in a tie for 56th. Tanner Telford and Braxton Watts are tied for 80th while the Utes team score of 17-over puts them 14th.
The tournament concludes with the final round on Monday.
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