March 31, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Irish women’s golf team will close out their regular season at the 2009 Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. on April 3-5 on the Champions Course of the Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center. The course is a par-72 and stands at 6,386 yards in length. UNC Greensboro and Wake Forest will serve as the co-hosts of the event.
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 featuring one 18-hole round of play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Play on Friday and Saturday will begin at 8:20 a.m. with a split-tee start (the Irish will tee off from the 10th at 10:00 a.m.), while Sunday will begin with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start.
FIELD: 18 teams and four individuals will comprise the 96-player tournament field. The teams participating include (Golfstat.com rankings in parentheses): Arkansas (19), College of Charleston (54), East Carolina (49), Georgia (8), LSU (9), Louisville (18), Michigan State (15), Notre Dame (33), North Carolina (13), NC State (37), UNC Greensboro (97), UNC Wilmington (77), Ohio State (25), South Carolina (42), TCU (30), Tennessee (34), Virginia (3) and Wake Forest (12).
NOTRE DAME LINEUP: The five players comprising the Irish lineup will be senior captain Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute), junior Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga 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).
THE BRYAN NATIONAL COLLEGIATE: 2009 marks the 12th annual Bryan National Collegiate, with Notre Dame making its first appearance in the event. Last year, Florida captured the team title with a 906 (+42), while Arkansas’ Stacy Lewis took home medalist honors with an even-par 216. Overall, Duke has captured six of the past 11 team titles, while Purdue, Georgia, Wake Forest and Washington join Duke and Florida as past champions.
LAST TIME OUT: The Notre Dame women’s golf team finished sixth at the 2009 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas on March 22. On the final day, the Irish moved up one spot with a final round score of 311 (23-over par). Sophomore So-Hyun Park carded a team-best 76 for the second consecutive day and finished in a tie for 23rd place at nine-over par (225). Park’s final round included one birdie on the 18th hole and 13 pars, but she was hurt by three bogeys over a four-hole stretch and a double bogey on the par-5 fifth hole.
Katie Conway fired a final round score of 77 (five-over), improving in each of her three rounds. Freshman Becca Huffer shot a plus-five 77 in the third round, putting her at 11-over (227) for the tournament. Senior captain Lisa Maunu and junior Annie Brophy shot 81 and 83 respectively in the final round. Maunu carded 11 pars and finished in a tie for 47th place with a three-round total of 233 (17-over). Brophy registered nine pars and placed in a tie for 58th with a three-round total of 20-over (236).
RESULTS: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.
NEXT UP: Notre Dame will travel to Dade City, Fla. for the 2009 BIG EAST Championship. The Irish will be looking to capture their second consecutive BIG EAST Championship, having won the 2008 Championship in Batavia, Ohio. The 2009 BIG EAST tournament will take place at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on April 19-21.