NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Recent University of Notre Dame graduate Emma Albrecht will take part in the 74th U.S. Women’s Open, the USGA announced on Sunday evening (May 26).
Albrecht was the first alternate from the Monroe Township, New Jersey qualifying site and has since accepted a spot in the tournament, which will take place from May 30 – June 2 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
“The U.S. Open is the pinnacle of golf and I’ve dreamed about playing in it since I was a little girl watching Annika on TV,” Albrecht said. “I’ve been an alternate a couple of times so to finally get in on what would have likely been my last attempt is the perfect ending. I played the course and the difference maker will be the short game.
Albrecht, who recently graduated as a science-business major and who will attend medical school, becomes the seventh Notre Dame women’s golfer to take part in the U.S. Open and the first since Jordan Ferreira in 2014. Other Fighting Irish golfers to have played in the event include Ashley Armstrong (2012), Lindsay Weaver (2012), Becca Huffer (2012), Nicole Zhang (2010) and Crissy Klein (1995).
“This week will probably be my last event of this caliber as I’m entering medical school in July so I plan on just soaking up the experience,” Albrecht concluded.
The 2019 U.S. Women’s Open gets underway at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30th. Albrecht is slated to go off the first tee at 2:35 p.m. along with Dori Carter and Ingrid Gutierrez Nunez. It will mark the second USGA championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston. In 2013, Emma Talley defeated Yueer Cindy Feng, 1 up, to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
Albrecht recently wrapped up her stellar Fighting Irish career at the 2019 NCAA East Lansing Regional as she participated in NCAA play for a fourth consecutive season (twice as an individual). For the season, she posted a team-best 73.07 for season stroke average over 29 total rounds. She fired 13 rounds that finished at par or better, including eight such rounds under par (three rounds in the 60s). She recorded seven top-25 finishes over her first nine starts this season, which included a tie for fourth place at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational (70-71-72=213) and a share of second place at the Westbrook Invitational (70-68-70=208). She also carded seven straight rounds at par or better spanning from the third round of the Minnesota Invitational through the third round of the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational last fall.
Albrecht In The Notre Dame Records Book
- Boasts the program’s top career stroke average with a 73.38 mark.
- Set the single-season stroke average in 2017-18 with a 72.31 average.
- Ranks second in program history for career percentage of rounds counted (.962) and tied the single-season percentage of rounds counted mark in 2017-18 with a 29-for-29 showing (1.000) and in 2018-19 with a 26-for-26 (1.000) effort.
- Over her four seasons, posted four of the top-10 stroke averages in program history.
- For her career, finished with nine Top-10 finishes and has 24 Top-20 showings.