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Irish Women's Golf Remains In First Place Through Two Rounds

April 18, 2011

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. – The 25th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s golf team registered a 297 (+9) in the second day of the BIG EAST Championship Monday in Palm Harbor, Fla. Freshman Kristina Nhim (Cypress, Calif./Cypress) was the top finisher for the Irish as she remained even (72) on the day.

Nhim improved her first round score by one stroke and is now in sole possession of second place. She remained even through nine holes, before carding bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes, but was able to recover with back-to-back birdies on holes 15 and 16.

Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton) has moved from her first-place spot after the first day to a third-place tie through 36 holes. The junior started the day even, but quickly moved to one-under par after carding a birdie on the second hole and remained one under until the 10th hole, before finishing the round with a four-over par 76.

Senior So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep Academy) is tied for third after 36 holes. Despite trouble on the sixth and seventh holes, the senior still carded four birdies and a 75 (+3) to move into the final day of competition.

Freshman Nicole Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) and senior captain Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) rounded out the Irish lineup. Zhang is tied for 12th on the player leaderboard after registering a 74 (+2), while Conway is tied for 13th place and recorded her second consecutive 78 (+6) in the tournament.

Overall, the Irish are 18 strokes ahead of Louisville. The Cardinals recorded a 302 (+14) in the second day of competition, while Georgetown has moved to third place after dropping nine strokes to 316 (+28) in the second round. South Florida, St. John’s and Rutgers round out the top-five score with 625 (+49) and 631 (+24), respectively. Harin Lee from St. John’s is atop the player leaderboard after registering a 36-hole total of 142 (-2).

The third round of play continues tomorrow and can be followed at Be sure to check back to for complete results and recap from the final round of action.

Notre Dame Scores

2. Kristina Nhim (73-72/+1)

T3. Becca Huffer (72-76/+4)

T3. So-Hyun Park (73-75/+4)

T8. Nicole Zhang (77-74/+7)

T13. Katie Conway (78-78/+12)

Team Leaderboard

1. NOTRE DAME (295-297-592/+16)

2. Louisville (308-302-610/+34)

3. Georgetown (307-316-623/+47)

4. South Florida (310-315-625/+49)

T5. Rutgers (312-319-631/+55)

T5. St. John’s (319-312-631/+55)