March 9, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The women’s golf season continues on March 13 when the Irish tee it up at the 2009 Louisiana State University Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La. The three-day tournament will be played at LSU’s golf club, a par-72, 6,424-yard course.
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 featuring one 18-hole round of play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Play on Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:00 a.m. (CDT), while Sunday will begin with an 8:30 (CDT) shotgun start.
FIELD: A field of 18 teams will take to the greens at the LSU Golf Club. The teams participating include (Golfstat.com rankings in parentheses): Arkansas (26), College of Charleston (50), Colorado (31), Furman (44), Kentucky (46), LSU (9), Louisville (17), Mississippi State (88), North Carolina (13), NC State (33), Notre Dame (27), Ole Miss (37), South Carolina (42), TCU (32), Tulane (40), UNC-Wilmington (83), Virginia (3) and Wake Forest (12).
NOTRE DAME LINEUP: The five players comprising the Irish lineup will be chosen from Notre Dame’s travelling party of senior captain Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute), juniors Annie Brophy (Spokane, 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) as well as freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS).
LAST TIME OUT: The Notre Dame women’s golf team finished in 12th place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes Golf Club on February 11. In the final round, the Irish took an impressive 16 strokes off their second round score of 321 to post a 305 on day three.
Junior Annie Brophy (Spoakne, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) led the last day charge as she carded a plus-one 72, tying for the second-lowest round of the day. Brophy finished with a plus-27 (85-83-72-240) mark for the tournament, tying for a 44th-place finish. Notre Dame’s sophomore All-American So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) finished in a tie for 20th, the best finish by an Irish entrant. In the final round, she shot a plus-six 77. She finished with a three round mark of plus-20 (80-76-77-233).
IRISH BIRDIES: Golfweek lists the Irish at #26 in the country … golfstat.com lists Notre Dame at #27 … the Irish are receiving votes in the latest Golf World/NGCA Coaches’ Poll, which ranks the top-25 … versus the field at the LSU Classic, Notre Dame carries an 8-7 record in 2009 … the 6,424-yard course at the LSU Classic will be the longest course the Irish have played a tournament on this season … Golf World listed sophomore All-American So-Hyun Park as one of the top-50 female players to watch this season … Golfweek listed Becca Huffer as a Notable Newcomer for the 2008-09 season … www.golfdigest.com has tabbed Becca Huffer as the preseason choice for BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors.
RESULTS: 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 full recaps will be posted on und.com.
NEXT UP: Notre Dame will travel to Austin, Texas to take part in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas. The tournament will be played March 20-22.