Sept. 18, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. –
The women’s golf team will travel to East Lansing, Michigan to take part in the Mary Fossum Invitational on September 20 & 21. Michigan State is hosting the two-day, 54-hole event at the Forest Akers West Golf Club. Tee times at the par-72, 6,236 yard course will begin at 8:30 a.m. on both days. The tournament features an 11-team field.
FORMAT: Each team’s lineup will be comprised of five golfers with the lowest four scores for each round counting towards the overall team score. The tournament will consist of 54 holes. On Saturday, each golfer will play 36 holes while Sunday will featuring one 18-hole round of play.
FIELD: A field of 11 teams will take to the greens at Forest Akers West. In addition to the Irish, the teams participating include Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Iowa, Kent State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Toledo and Western Michigan.
NOTRE DAME LINEUP: Six players will travel to East Lansing to take part in the tournament. Five members of the traveling contingent will comprise the Irish lineup while one additional Notre Dame golfer will play as an individual entrant. The travel party includes senior captain Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute), juniors Annie Brophy (Spoakne, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) and Kristin Wetzel (Middletown, N.Y./Hilton Head Prep), sophomores So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) and Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS).
LAST TIME OUT: The team concluded the Cougar Classic with a plus-22 team score, good for an eighth place finish in the 22 team field. In the third round, senior Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) shot Notre Dame’s low round for the third consecutive day, firing an even-par 72. Maunu’s minus-two finish put her in a tie for ninth place with Alabama’s Kathleen Ekey. Freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS) shot a plus-one 73 on day three, putting her at plus-seven in her first collegiate tournament (223), tied for 37th. Also scoring for the Irish on day three was sophomore So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep), who shot a plus-two 74. For the tournament, Park finished at plus-11 (227), tied for 47th. Teammate Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) tied Park’s plus-11 finish, shooting a plus-six 78 on the tournament’s final day. Rounding out the Irish contingent was junior Kristin Wetzel (Middletown, N.Y./Hilton Head Prep) who, after carding consecutive plus-four rounds, shot a plus-six 78 on day three to finish at plus-15 (231).
IRISH THOUGHTS: Notre Dame head coach Susan Holt discusses her team’s performance at the Cougar Classic and the upcoming Mary Fossum Invitational …
“I wasn’t disappointed with how we played at the Cougar Classic. We did pretty well overall but some of the scores were just really low. Lisa [Maunu] won that tournament last year with a minus-six and this year the winner shot a minus-ten. We just have to clean up our short game, that’s where we dropped some shots.”
“I feel good heading into this weekend; the team realized from the first tournament that we need to be able and ready to show up from the first tee because if we don’t, somebody else will.”
RESULTS: Live hole-by-hole scoring of the Mary Fossum Invitational is available through Golfstat. To access the site go to http://www.golfstatresults.com.
NEXT UP: Notre Dame will travel to Boulder, Colo. to take part in the University of Colorado’s Heather Farr Memorial. The tournament will take place on September 29 and 30 at the Omni Interlocken Golf Club.