Oct. 18, 2016
By Megan Golden
AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Notre Dame women’s golf team shot an eight-under par 280 in the final round of play to finish 35-over par (312-307-280-899) and in ninth place.
With the impressive final round, the Irish moved up three places in the standings after finishing Monday’s first two rounds at the University of Texas Golf Club (6,278 yards) tied for 12th place.
All four of Notre Dame’s players who scored for the Irish on Tuesday carded under par rounds, led by Jordan Ferreira’s four-under par 68.
Kent State (862/-2) recorded first place, and Miami (863/-1) placed second overall. Individually, Miami’s Dewi Weber led all golfers (201/-15), while Kent State’s Michaela Finn (209/-7) and Pimnipa Panthong (210/-6) finished second and third.
LEADING NOTRE DAME LINEUP
Jordan Ferreira fired a four-under par 68 in the final round of play, which marked her best career round for the Irish. Ferreira, who tallied six birdies on the day, led the Irish individually and finished tied for 13th.
THE BETSY RAWLS IN BRIEF
The Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational annually features many of the top women’s golf teams in the country. Dating back to March of 1974, the tournament was originally called the “Texas Invitational” until it was renamed in 1977 to honor Betsy Rawls. Now in its 43rd year, past champions inlcude Nancy Lopez and Annika Sorenstam.
A 1950 graduate of The University of Texas, Betsy Rawls won more than 50 tour championships between 1951 and 1975, including four U.S. Opens, and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1964. She was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and, in 1977, into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
AN IRISH RETURN
Notre Dame last played in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational during the 2009-10 season when the Irish placed 11th (in a 17-team field) after firing a final round 317 (+29). Then-senior Annie Brophy (74-78-77-229) led the way for Notre Dame, earning a share of 26th place in the 90-player field.
Notre Dame closes out the month of October at UNC Wilmington’s The Landfall Tradition (Oct. 28-30), which will be played at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and former Irish women’s basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.