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Jones Paces Irish With Final Round 72 At Illini Invitational

MEDINAH, Ill.Fighting Irish freshman Madelyn Jones shot an even-par 72 to pace the Irish on the final day of the 2019 Illini Women’s Golf Invitational at the Medinah Country Club.


Jones, a freshman, moved up to tie for 28th with her final round showing (74-73-72-=219). The Austin, Texas native had a steady day which included birdies on number 14 and 17 as well as 14 pars and two bogeys on Medinah’s Course No. 2 (Par 72; 6,159 yards).

Notre Dame shot a 296 during Tuesday’s final round (306-295-296=897) to finish 14th. In addition to Jones, junior Abby Heck (74), sophomore Claire Albrecht (75) and freshman Lauren Beaudreau (75) scored for the Irish. 

14 Notre Dame 306 295 296 897
T28 Madelyn Jones (4) 74 73 72 219
T50 Claire Albrecht (3) 76 73 75 224
T64 Jessica Meyers (5) 79 73 76 228
T71 Lauren Beaudreau (2) 78 76 75 229
T74 Abby Heck (1) 78 78 74 230


T50 Mia Ayer (Notre Dame Individual) 74 76 74 224

Kent State (287-280-286=853) edged Ole Miss (290-289-275=854) by one stroke to win the tournament. On the individual leaderboard, Kennedy Swann (68-72-67=207) of Ole Miss took medalist honors.

The Fighting Irish close out their fall season at Texas State’s Jim West Challenge on Oct 20-21 at the Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos, Texas. 

Career Best Rounds (most recent occurence listed)

  • Claire Albrecht: 72 (second round of the 2019 Minnesota Invitational)
  • Mia Ayer: 71 (second round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Lauren Beaudreau: 66 (second round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Abby Heck: 66 (third round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Madelyn Jones: 69 (second round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic)
  • Jessica Meyers: 73 (second round of the 2019 Illini Invitational)

Noting The 2019 Fall Season … 

  • The Irish opened the season with a 10th-place finish at the rain shortened Minnesota Invitational (Sept. 9-10). 
  • Lauren Beaudreau (73-74=147) was the top Fighting Irish finisher at Minnesota, tying for 25th.
  • Next, the Irish placed 14th at the Schooner Fall Classic (Sept. 27-29).
  • With a final round 66, Abby Heck tied for seventh at the Schooner Fall Classic — her second career top-10 finish. 
  • Heck’s other top-10 showing came at last season’s 2019 Moon Golf Invitational at the Duran Golf Club when she placed second. Heck’s previous career low round was a 68, also shot at the 2019 Moon Golf Invitational. 
  • The 66 tied Heck with five other golfers, including freshman Lauren Beaudreau who shot a 66 in the second round of the 2019 Schooner Fall Classic, for the second-lowest round in program history (stroke total). 

Folds Of Honor

  • The Fighting Irish women’s golf program has teamed up with the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program (FHMTP) for the 2019-20 season.
  • The program provides the opportunity for collegiate golf teams to honor a fallen or severely wounded American soldier by selecting a student-athlete to carry a golf bag displaying the name, rank and branch of service of the soldier being honored throughout the year. 
  • Fighting Irish senior Mia Ayer will have the honor of carrying Notre Dame’s FHMTP golf bag for the 2019-20 season, which honors the memory of Captain Reid Nishizuka ’05. 
  • Reid Nishizuka, a U.S. Air Force Captain, died in service to his country on April 27, 2013, near Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Reid was a recipient of 10 Air Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals and a Bronze Star for Heroism. 
  • Throughout the season, the Notre Dame women’s golf team will also raise funds with the proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor (FOH). 
  • Through scholarships and other assistance, Folds of Honor gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country 
  • Details of Notre Dame’s fundraising efforts will be released as the season progresses.

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