May 8, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Notre Dame women’s golf team shot a combined 305 in second round play at the NCAA Central Regional on the Scarlet Course, taking 11 shots off its first round total of 316. The Irish stand at 45-over par for the tournament, good for 16th-place with one round remaining.
Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo.) paced the Irish for the second consecutive day as she turned in a one-over par 73. She notched 11 pars on the day and added three birdies, including one on the 18th hole to close out on a high note. After two rounds of play the freshman is five-over par (149) and tied for 16th-place on the individual leaderboard.
Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario) made the biggest jump on the Irish squad from round one to round two. After carding an 81 in the first round, the senior captain took six strokes off her score to card a 75 on day two. Maunu’s steady second round included a birdie on the 14th to go along with 13 pars. At plus-12 (156) for the tournament, Maunu is tied with teammate So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea) in 64th.
Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash.) was Notre Dame’s third scorer of the afternoon. The junior improved upon her first round by four strokes to fire a 78 on day two of play. She also birdied the par-5 14th and was able to add 10 pars. For the tournament, Brophy is tied for 84th-place at 16-over par (160).
Park rounded out the scoring for the Irish with a 79. Her seven-over par 79 included birdies at the sixth, 12th and 14th holes to go along with eight pars on the day. She is tied with Maunu for 64th.
Julie Kim (Bayside, N.Y.) took two strokes off of her first round total to turn in a 14-over par 86. The junior notched the first birdie of her season on the par-5 12th.
The top eight teams and the top-two golfers from non-advancing teams at the Central Regional will advance to the NCAA Finals, taking place on May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Course in Owings Mills, Md.
After two rounds of play, UCLA leads the 21-team field with a minus-two (574) score. Bruin teammates Stephanie Kono and Maria Jose Uribe are tied for first-place on the individual leaderboard with minus-five scores (139). The Irish are currently 13 strokes behind UT Chattanooga, who is in eighth and occupies the last qualifying spot. Huffer enters the final day of play in contention for an individual qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships because the current top-15 golfers all hail from teams within the top-eight.
The Irish, making their second consecutive NCAA Central Regional appearance and fourth overall, will look to extend their season when the third round gets underway tomorrow, May 9. Live scoring of the Central Regional can be accessed through www.golfstatresults.com, while a complete recap will be posted on und.com.
Central Regional Standings
Teams (36-hole scores):
1. UCLA (574) t2. Purdue (584) t2. Oklahoma State (589) 4. Wake Forest (593) 5. Michigan State (595) 6. New Mexico (597) 7. Ohio State (599) 8. UT Chattanooga (602) t9. Georgia State (608) t9. Washington (608) t11. Kentucky (609) t11. Kent State (609) 13. Stanford (614) 14. Louisville (615) 15. NC State (619) 16. Notre Dame (621) 17. Illinois State (624) 18. Michigan (633) 19. Harvard (641) t20. Murray State (649) t20. Fairleigh Dickinson (649)
Top-5 Individuals (School/36-hole scores): t1. Stephanie Kono (UCLA/139) t1. Maria Jose Uribe (UCLA/139) 3. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (Purdue/140) 4. Jodi Ewart (New Mexico/143) t5. Junthima Gulyanamitta (Purdue/145) t5. Nannette Hill (Wake Forest/145) t5. Maria Hernandez (Purdue/145)