Sept. 17, 2007
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – The pursuit of a second straight win for the Notre Dame women’s golf team is off to a solid start as the squad resides in first place with a six-over par 582 total following the first 36 holes of play at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup. Notre Dame freshman So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea, Bradenton Prep) will enter Tuesday’s third and final round of the tournament in first place with a three-under par 141. The event is being held at the par 72, 6,181 yard Cardinal Club.
The Fighting Irish carded a four-over par 292 in the first round and were three shots off the pace established by Augusta State heading into the afternoon. Notre Dame registered a season-low round of 290 (+2) during the second 18 holes of play to finish the day eight strokes ahead of Louisville, the host school for the event. Augusta State is third with a 592, while Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State round out the top five of the 17-team field with respective scores of 594 and 602.
Park is coming off a runner-up finish at the season-opening Cougar Classic (Sept. 9-11), a tournament the Irish placed first at as a team. She notched rounds of 70 and 71 on Monday and leads Taryn Durham from Middle Tennessee State by one shot. Missouri State’s Missy Linnens is third in the 94-golfer field with a 144 total.
Notre Dame junior Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) collected medalist honors at the Cougar Classic and her sizzling play continued on Monday. Maunu carded rounds of 70 and 76 to reside in a four-way tie for fifth with a two-over par 146 total. Joining her in that position is her sophomore teammate Kristin Wetzel (Middletown, N.Y./Hilton Head Prep), who fired a 75 in the first round and came back with a one-under par 71 in the afternoon. Wetzel’s second-round score stands as her top collegiate round.
Sophomore Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) is the third Fighting Irish golfer in the top 20 following the first two rounds of the tournament. Brophy carries a six-over par 150 (77-73) and is currently tied for 17th. Rounding out the Notre Dame scoring was freshman Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), who recorded a 153 (78-75) on the day and is tied for 32nd.
Tuesday’s third and final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Live hole-by-hole scoring of the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup is available through Golfstat. To access the site go to http://www.golfstatresults.com. Full results are posted at uoflsports.com. For additional information please log on to und.com or call the Notre Dame athletics hotline at (574) 631-3000.
Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup
September 17, 2007 â€¢ Simpsonville, Ky.
Cardinal Club (par 72/6,181 yards)
Team Scores (36-hole totals): 1. Notre Dame 582 (292-290); 2. Louisville 590 (295-295); 3. Augusta State 592 (289-303); 4. Georgia State 594 (303-291); 5. Middle Tennessee State 602 (302-300); 6. East Tennessee State 605 (309-296); 7. Cincinnati 612 (308-304); 8. Illinois State 613 (305-308); 9. South Florida 614 (307-307); 10t. Maryland 617 (311-306); 10t. Memphis 617 (311-306); 12. Missouri State 618 (310-308); 13. Coastal Carolina 621 (317-304); 14. Southern Mississippi 623 (319-304); 15. Eastern Kentucky 628 (312-316); 16. Xavier 638 (324-314); 17. Western Carolina 646 (323-323).
Top-9 Golfers (of 94): 1. So-Hyun Park (Notre Dame) 141 (70-71); 2. Taryn Durham (Middle Tennessee State) 142 (70-72); 3. Missy Linnens (Missouri State) 144 (72-72); 4. Laura Anderson (Louisville) 145 (72-73); 5t. Cindy LaCrosse (Louisville) 146 (75-71); 5t. Cathrine Madsen (Georgia State) 146 (75-71); 5t. Lisa Maunu (Notre Dame) 146 (70-76); 5t. Kristin Wetzel (Notre Dame) 146 (75-71)