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Albrecht And Ayer Lead Irish At Jim West Challenge


SAN MARCOS, Texas — The Fighting Irish women’s golf team combined to post seven under-par rounds through the first 36-holes of play at the Jim West Challenge on Sunday to stand tied for ninth (287-281-568) with one round remaining.

Playing at the Kissing Tree Golf Club (6,033 yards/Par 72), sophomore Claire Albrecht led the Fighting Irish in the morning round, carding a career-best 68 (-4). She totaled 14 pars and four birdies on the round. Albrecht followed with a one-under par 71 in the afternoon and enters Monday’s final round tied for 12th. 

In the afternoon, senior Mia Ayer fired a career-best 69 (-3). Her round included nine pars, six birdies and three bogeys. After opening with a par on the ninth hole due to the shotgun start, she played the back nine at a five-under par clip (31). Combined with her morning 71 (-1), Ayer finished the day tied for 21st (71-69=140).

Freshman Madelyn Jones (74-70=144) also scored in both rounds for the Irish, while freshman Lauren Beaudreau (74) scored in the morning and junior Abby Heck saw her one-under par 71 count in the afternoon. The second round 281 tied for the seventh-lowest team round in program history. 

Playing as an individual, freshman Jessica Meyers also carded her best round in an Irish uniform when she shot a two-under par 70 in the first round.

9 Notre Dame 287 281 568
T12 Claire Albrecht (2) 68 71 139
T21 Mia Ayer (3) 71 69 140
T39 Madelyn Jones (1) 74 70 144
T54 Abby Heck (5) 75 71 146
T64 Lauren Beaudreau (4) 74 75 149


T64 Jessica Meyers (Notre Dame) 70 79 149

While the Irish ended the day in ninth, they are just eight strokes out of third place in a bunched together leaderboard. Texas Tech (274-278=552) and Ole Miss (269-283=552) lead the 15-team field. 

Notre Dame will be paired with Texas A&M and Houston for the final round and will begin on holes 11-15 at 9:30 a.m. ET. 

The 2019 Texas State Jim West Invitational — Final Round

Dates: October 21, 2019

Format: 18 holes on Monday

Tee Times: 9:30 a.m. ET (shotgun start)

Location: San Marcos, Texas

Course (Par/Yardage): Kissing Tree Golf Club located (6,033 yards/Par 72)

Tournament Field (15): Florida State, Houston, Kansas State, Memphis, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, UTSA, UNLV.

Notre Dame Lineup: Madelyn Jones (1), Claire Albrecht (2), Mia Ayer (3), Lauren Beaudreau (4), Abby Heck (5). Jessica Meyers is competing as an individual.
Live Scoring:

Twitter: @NDwomensGolf
Hashtag: #JWChallenge2019

Career Best Rounds (most recent occurence listed)

  • Claire Albrecht: 68 (first round of the 2019 Jim West Invitational)
  • Mia Ayer: 69 (second round of the 2019 Jim West Invitational)
  • Lauren Beaudreau: 66 (second round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Abby Heck: 66 (third round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Madelyn Jones: 69 (second round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Jessica Meyers: 70 (first round of the 2019 Jim West Invitational)

Folds Of Honor

  • The Fighting Irish women’s golf program has teamed up with the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program (FHMTP) for the 2019-20 season.
  • The program provides the opportunity for collegiate golf teams to honor a fallen or severely wounded American soldier by selecting a student-athlete to carry a golf bag displaying the name, rank and branch of service of the soldier being honored throughout the year. 
  • Fighting Irish senior Mia Ayer will have the honor of carrying Notre Dame’s FHMTP golf bag for the 2019-20 season, which honors the memory of Captain Reid Nishizuka ’05. 
  • Reid Nishizuka, a U.S. Air Force Captain, died in service to his country on April 27, 2013, near Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Reid was a recipient of 10 Air Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals and a Bronze Star for Heroism. 
  • Throughout the season, the Notre Dame women’s golf team will also raise funds with the proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor (FOH). 
  • Through scholarships and other assistance, Folds of Honor gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country 
  • Details of Notre Dame’s fundraising efforts will be released as the season progresses.

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