April 3, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Under windy conditions on the Champions Course of the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center, the Irish women’s golf team shot a 309 (21 over-par) in the first round of the 2009 Bryan National Collegiate. Notre Dame sits in eighth-place in the 18-team field. Freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS) fired a three-over par 75 to lead the Irish, tying for seventh-place through one round of play.
Huffer’s first round included birdies on the seventh and 15th as well as a team-high 11 pars. She is joined in seventh-place by 10 other golfers. The group trails leader Tessa Teachman of LSU by seven shots. Teachman, the only player in the 96-player field to score under-par, turned in a minus-four 68.
Senior captain Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute), junior Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) and sophomore So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) each carded six-over par marks of 78 to score for the Irish. The trio is tied for 37th. Maunu notched a birdie on the third and added 10 pars. Brophy recorded birdies on the third and sixth, both of which are par-fives, to give Brophy a minus two mark on the course’s four par-fives, which tied for the best mark of the day with three other golfers. Park birdied the 11th and 18th, while adding eight pars.
Sophomore Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) posted a plus-nine 81 that included 10 pars.
As a team, Notre Dame trails leader LSU by 19 strokes. The Tigers, led by Teachman, turned in a two-over par 290 in the first round. But the Irish trail second place Virginia and Wake Forest by just five strokes.
The Irish will look to climb the leader board in the second round of the 12th annual Bryan National Collegiate on Saturday, April 4 as play begins with an 8:20 a.m. split-tee start. Live hole-by-hole scoring of the Bryan National Collegiate will available through Golfstat. To access the site go to http://www.golfstatresults.com. Full results will also be posted at http://www.WakeForestSports.com and daily recaps will be posted on und.com.
Bryan National Collegiate – Greensboro, Par 72 – 6,386 Yards
Top-Five Team Scores (18-hole totals): 1. LSU 290; t2. Wake Forest 304; t2. Virginia 304; 4. East Carolina 305; 5. Louisville 306.
Top-Five Golfers (18-hole scores): 1.Tessa Teachman (LSU/68); 2. Valentine Derrey (TCU/72); t3. Jennie Arseneault (Virginia/73); t3. Megan McChrystal (LSU/73); t3. Catherine O’Donnell (North Carolina/73).