March 31, 2016
By Chris Masters
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s golf team has a final chance to tune up its game before the postseason as the Fighting Irish tee off at 8:30 a.m. (ET) Friday in the Bryan National Collegiate on the Bryan Park Champions Course (par 72/6,386 yards) in Browns Summit, North Carolina (just outside of Greensboro).
Notre Dame, which has been ranked in the top 25 nationally by Golfstat for much of the season and as high as No. 20 earlier this month, will look to rebound from an uncharacteristic 11th-place finish and 934 (+70) score at the LSU Tiger Classic 10 days ago.
Bryan National Collegiate
Dates: April 1-3, 2016
Format: 54 holes (18 holes Friday-Sunday)
Tee Times: 8:30 a.m. ET each day (split-tee starts on Friday-Saturday; shotgun start Sunday)
Location: Browns Summit, North Carolina
Course (Par/Yardage): Bryan Park — Champions Course (par 72/6,386 yards)
Tournament Field (in order of latest Golfstat ranking): Virginia (20), Florida State (21), East Carolina (28), South Carolina (30), North Carolina State (31), Miami (Fla.) (37), NOTRE DAME (38), North Carolina (45), Michigan (48), Wake Forest (49 – tournament co-host), UCF (65), Kentucky (79), Penn State (87), Cal State Fullerton (128) and UNC Greensboro (203 – tournament co-host).
Notre Dame Lineup (2015-16 stroke average): Talia Campbell (73.09), Jordan Ferreira (75.13), Emma Albrecht (73.83), Maddie Rose Hamilton (75.04), Isabella DiLisio (74.13)
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Senior captain Talia Campbell has finished in the top 20 in her last four tournaments, shooting par or better in six of 12 rounds during that span.
Here’s a look at five things you need to know as Notre Dame steps to the No. 10 tee at Bryan Park on Friday morning:
- The Bryan Park Champions Course will play at 6,386 yards, the longest layout the Fighting Irish have seen this season. In fact, the only course Notre Dame has played this year that was longer than 6,300 yards was Michigan State’s Forest Akers West Course (6,334 yards), with the Fighting Irish winning the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational by 14 strokes over the host Spartans on Sept. 12-13.
- Notre Dame has finished in the top five on five occasions this season, including two victories (Mary Fossum Invitational and Nebraska’s Chip-N Club Invitational on Oct. 5-6). Both times the Fighting Irish did not wind up in the top five, they bounced back in fine fashion with a top-five finish in their next event. Most notably, after placing seventh (899/+35) at Louisville’s Cardinal Cup on Oct. 19-20, Notre Dame trimmed a staggering 33 shots off its score and took second (866/+2) at UNCW’s Landfall Tradition less than a week later on Oct. 23-25.
- Senior captain Talia Campbell (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) has finished in the top 20 in her last four tournaments (twice cracking the top 10), shooting par or better in six of those 12 rounds.
- Campbell and junior Jordan Ferreira (University Place, Wash./Bellarmine Prep) both competed well at last year’s Bryan National Collegiate during Notre Dame’s first-ever appearance at the tournament. Campbell tied for sixth place (222/+6), while Ferreira shared 14th place (225/+9) after spending much of the event in the top 10 and starting the final round in fifth place. As a team, the Fighting Irish tied for seventh place in last year’s 18-team tournament after shooting 909 (+45).
- This is the first of two trips to the greater Greensboro area for Notre Dame during the next two weeks. On April 15-17, the Fighting Irish will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship at the Sedgefield Country Club, the home of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship which is located on the opposite side of Greensboro, about 25 miles southwest of the Bryan Park Champions Course.
Wake Forest will provide live scoring of the Bryan National Collegiate through the Golfstat web site (Golfstat.com), with in-progress updates also provided through the Fighting Irish women’s golf Twitter feed (@NDwomensGolf).
For more information on the Notre Dame women’s golf program, visit the women’s golf page of the official Fighting Irish athletics web site (UND.com/ndwomensgolf), sign up to follow the Notre Dame women’s golf Twitter feed (@NDwomensGolf) or register for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system through the “Fan Center” pulldown menu on the front page at UND.com.
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Chris Masters, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2001 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s golf and women’s basketball programs. A native of San Francisco, California, Masters is a 1996 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, earned his master’s degree from Kansas State University in 1998, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).