March 13, 2009
BATON ROUGE, La. – The women’s golf team shot a plus-eight 296 in the first round of play at the 2009 Louisiana State University Golf Classic, tying the Irish for 11th-place. Freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS) led the Irish with an even-par 72 at the LSU golf club, a 6,424-yard course.
Huffer’s first round included a team-high five birdies and a minus-two 34 back-nine score (which actually was her first nine holes of the day since she started on hole 10). She dominated the par five’s as she recorded a minus-three mark on the four par-fives. Huffer is tied for 16th after one round of play, five shots adrift of Virginia’s Calle Nielson, the leader after one round of play.
Sophomore All-American So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) and senior captain Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) each carded plus-two 74 marks on the day. Park had a consistent day that included 14 pars and a birdie on the fourth. Maunu had consecutive birdies on the sixth and seventh holes on the way to recording her lowest round since posting a third-round 70 at the Heather Farr Memorial on September 30. It was also Park’s lowest round of the spring portion of Notre Dame’s season.
Junior Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) also had her round counted towards Notre Dame’s 296 mark as she shot a plus-four 76. She birdied the fifth and added 12 pars.
Sophomore Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) rounded out the Irish contingent, notching a plus-eight 80 in her first round of play, including 10 pars.
The second round will take place tomorrow, March 14 with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m. (CDT). The 8:00 a.m. start will be weather permitting as Friday’s planned 8:00 a.m. start was changed to a shotgun start due to impending weather conditions. Live hole-by-hole scoring of the LSU Golf Classic will available through Golfstat. To access the site go to http://www.golfstatresults.com. Full results will also be posted at http://www.lsusports.net, while daily recaps will be posted on und.com.
The LSU Classic – Baton Rouge, La. Par 72 – 6,424 Yards
Top-Five Team Scores (18-hole totals): 1. Wake Forest (-4/284), 2. Virginia (-3/285), t3. LSU (-1/287), t3. UNC (-1/287), 5. Tulane (+1/289).
Top-Five Golfers (18-hole totals): 1. Calle Nielson (Virginia/-5), t2. Jaqueline Hedwall (LSU/-4), t2. Allie White (North Carolina/-4), 4. Natalie Sheary (Wake Forest/-3), t5. Daniela Holmqvist (Tulane/-2), t5. Blair Lamb (Furman/-2), t5. Ashlee Rose (Kentucky/-2), t5. Ashley Tait (UNC-Wilmington/-2), t5. Benedicte Toumpsin (South Carolina/-2).