July 30, 2012
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s golfers Ashley Armstrong (So., Flossmoor, Ill.) and Kristina Nhim (Jr., Cypress, Calif.) will pair up this week to face over 50 teams of collegiate women’s golfers in the 3rd Annual Pure Silk Women’s Collegiate Team Championships. Presented by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), the 54-hole tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 31 at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio and run through August 2.
Fifty-five (55) two-person teams will compete in the unique summertime national women’s amateur championship in the 54-hole stroke play event.
The format for the championship is: Day 1 (July 31): Alternate shot; Day 2 (Aug. 31): Best Ball; and Day 3 (Aug. 2): Aggregate score of the two players. Teams are comprised of players from all levels of collegiate golf including Division I, II and III.
On Monday, July 30, a Collegiate-Amateur Golf Event will take place, beginning with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds for this event will benefit – A Kid Again, an Ohio-based charity that provides fun-filled group activities for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. These activities foster laughter, normalcy and supportive networking opportunities, encouraging positive attitudes and promoting improved health for all.
For Armstrong, participating in the Pure Silk Team Championships caps a busy summer. The 2012 BIG EAST rookie of the year is coming off a fourth-place tie at the 2012 Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open that was played at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Ill., from July 16-18. The Irish sophomore-to-be fired rounds of 73, 73 and 70 to finish with an even-par 216 on the 6,000-yard layout. That put her just one stroke behind a threesome that tied for the title that was decided by a one-hole playoff won by Samantha Troyanovich.
Earlier this summer, Armstrong qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open that was played at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis. There, she shot an 18-over 162 and missed the cut in her first U.S. Open appearance. She followed that up with a trip to Pinehurst, N.C., where she participated in the Women’s North & South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort. There she lost 2 and 1 in match play in the semifinals to eventual champions Austin Ernst.
Armstrong and Nhim each took all-BIG EAST honors during the 2012 BIG EAST Championship. Armstrong was the individual medalist, winning in a three-hole playoff while Nhim tied for sixth and picked up her second consecutive all-conference honor. For the year, Armstrong finished with a 75.62 stroke average while Nhim had a 77.59 mark. In two seasons at Notre Dame covering 66 rounds of play, the Cypress, Calif., native has a 76.86 career average with four top 10 finishes and nine top 25s in her career. Armstrong had one top 10 this season and six tournaments with top 25 finishes.
Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private facility, considered one of the most challenging courses in Central Ohio. Opened in 1991, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Tickets to the Team Championship are free and open to the public. Play will begin daily at 7:30am with tee times starting on both #1 and #10.