Aug. 14, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Since her hiring back in the fall of 2006 as the Notre Dame women’s golf coach, head coach Susan Holt always has put together a formidable and competitive schedule for her Irish teams.
The upcoming 2012-13 campaign will prove no different, as Notre Dame once again will play a challenging slate of events against many of the nation’s top programs. The schedule will feature four tournaments in the fall and five in the spring. Notre Dame returns junior Kristina Nhim (Cypress, Calif.), sophomores Ashley Armstrong (Flossmoor, Ill.) and Kelli Oride (Lihue, Hawaii) and welcomes freshmen Lindsey Weaver (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Talia Campbell (Dallas, Texas) and Katherine Guo (Arcadia, Calif.).
“I’m really excited with the schedule we have put together this season,” says Holt, who will begin her seventh season at the Irish helm. “It certainly is one of the most challenging schedules we have played in my time here at Notre Dame, but I like what it offers our players – the opportunity to play some of the best courses against some of the top teams in the country.
“I am thrilled that we are able to head back to the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to host the second annual Clover Cup. It was such great event last year and we got such positive feedback from the teams that competed at the tournament. It once again will be one of the highlights of our spring season.”
Holt’s squad gets started quickly in the fall when it travels to East Lansing, Mich., for the Mary Fossum Invitational at the Forest Akers West Course. Notre Dame won the tournament crown back in 2010. This year’s 54-hole event, the lone competition during the month of September, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16 with the teams playing 36 holes on Saturday’s first day.
Following the Mary Fossum Invitational, the Irish will play three tournaments in October. The first outing of the month will be the Windy City Collegiate Classic hosted by Northwestern University at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill. The tournament will take place Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 1-2. Monday’s first day of play at the event will be 36 holes.
Notre Dame will then head to Norman, Okla., to play in the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic at the University of Oklahoma’s Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The tournament will run from Monday, Oct. 15 through Wednesday, Oct. 17. The teams will play 18 holes each of the three days of competition.
The same 18-hole format over the course of three days will be used when the Irish play their final event of the fall at The Landfall Tradition. In what has become one of the most prestigious fall events in women’s collegiate golf hosted by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, The Landfall Tradition will be played at The Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. from Friday, Oct. 26-Sunday, Oct. 28. This year will mark Notre Dame’s fourth appearance in the tournament. The Irish finished tied for sixth a year ago at the event.
Notre Dame’s 2013 spring season will feature five tournaments and commences in Tallahassee, Fla., at the Mash Up Invitational hosted by Florida State University. The tournament, which will be played at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, will run from Friday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 17 with 18 holes played over the course of the three days.
The second-annual Clover Cup hosted by the Irish will once again take place in Meza, Ariz., at the Longbow Golf Club. This year’s three-day event will begin on Friday, March 8 and run through Sunday, March 10. Notre Dame finished fifth in last season’s inaugural event.
The Irish return to action a week later in Augusta, Ga., for the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate at the Forest Hills Golf Club hosted by Augusta State University. The three-day tournament begins on Friday, March 15 and concludes on Sunday, March 17.
Notre Dame’s third and final tournament in the month of March will be in Charleston, S.C., as the Irish will make an appearance in the Briar’s Creek Invitational hosted by the College of Charleston. The two-day event (Mon., March 26-Tues., March 27) will be played at the Briar’s Creek Golf Club. The teams will play 36 holes on the first day of competition and then finish with 18 the following day.
The Irish wrap up the spring slate at the DAC/SMU Invitational in Dallas, Texas, Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7 at the Dallas Athletic Club. Southern Methodist University, a future member of the BIG EAST Conference beginning with the 2013-14 school year, will serve as the tournament host for this three-day event.
For the second consecutive year, the BIG EAST Championship will be played at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. This year’s championship will be held Sunday, April 21-Tuesday, April 23.