March 28, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas – The Notre Dame women’s golf team finished in 11th place (out of a 17-team field) after firing a final round 317 (+29) at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational played at The University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. Senior Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) led the way for the Irish after concluding the tournament with a final round five-over par 77, earning a share of 26th in the 90-member playing field.
Brophy was able to string together 12 pars in her final round of golf, along with posting one birdie that came on her final hole of the tournament. She rounded out her three rounds at 13-over par, 229. The 26th-place result is her best to date on the spring campaign, besting her 39th-place finish at the Central District Invitational.
Sophomore Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton) moved into second for the Irish rotation after posting her best round at the three-day event. After notching a pair of 77’s on the first two days she bested that by one stroke on Sunday, carding a four-over par 76. Huffer played each of the front and back nines at a two-over par clip and recorded one birdie on each side. Overall she ended her tournament with a 230 (+14) and a tie for 29th.
Junior So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton (Fla.)/Preparatory Academy) struggled to find a rhythm on her final round, shooting a 10-over par 82 on the closing 18 holes. On the day, Park registered seven bogeys along with two double bogeys. She was able to end her round on a positive note, however, as she posted a birdie two on the eighth hole, her lone birdie of the day. Park concluded the tournament in a tie for 43rd with a three-day 234 (+18) total.
Junior Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) posted the final score for the Irish team score as she matched Park’s 10-over par 82. After fighting her game on the back nine and posting a seven-over 43, she rebounded on the front nine with six pars and only three bogeys. Conway finished in a tie for 73rd with a total score of 242 (+26).
Senior Kristin Wetzel (Middletown, N.Y./Hilton Head (S.C.) Prep School) finished the tournament in a tie for 80th after posting a three-day total of 245 (+29). She recorded a final round 13-over par 85 to finish out her weekend. Wetzel did record a birdie on the par-four seventh hole but also posted two triple bogeys on the round.
UCLA (+20, 884) held on to win the team title over second place Arizona, who finished six strokes off the pace at 26-over par 890. Sarah Zwartynski of Texas A&M posted the lone under-par round (-1, 71) on the final day to claim the individual title at three-under par 213.
The Irish will return to the links on Sat., April 10 at the Sun Trust Lady Gator played at the Mark Bostick Golf Club in Gainesville, Fla. in the teams final tune-up before the BIG EAST Championship.
Notre Dame Individual Totals:T26. Brophy (74-78-77-229)T29. Huffer (77-77-76-230)T43. Park (74-78-82-234)T73. Conway (78-82-82-242)T80. Wetzel (83-77-85-245)
Top-10 Team Totals:1. UCLA (+20/884)2. Arizona (+26/890)3. Texas A&M (+33/897)4. TCU (+37/901)5. Texas (+43/907)6. Stanford (+45/909)7. Vanderbilt (+49/913)8. Oregon (+57/921)9. New Mexico (+61/925)10. Chattanooga (+63/927)
11. Notre Dame (+66/930)