Katie Brophy led the Fighting Irish with a 234 total at the 'Mo' Morial.  The senior co-captain placed 16th overall.

Katie Brophy Finishes 16th At The `Mo' Morial

March 12, 2006

BRYAN, Texas – Senior co-captain Katie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep) carded a nine-over par 81 during the third and final round of play at the `Mo’ Morial at the par 72, 6,307-yard Traditions Club on Sunday. Her three-round total of 234 (+18) placed her 16th overall out of the 96-golfer field. As a team, Notre Dame shot a 349 (+61) on the day and finished 18th with a 1,012 (334-329-349) total.

Arkansas began the day two shots in front of Texas A&M, yet the host Aggies would produce a 313 to catch the Razorbacks and they would both conclude the tournament as co-champions with identical 923 scores (+59). Arkansas entered play ranked 10th in the latest golfstat.com rankings, while Texas A&M was 19th. TCU fired the low-round of the day with a 308 to claim third-place out of the competitive field.

Ashley Knoll from Texas A&M increased her lead on the final day to take medalist honors with a two-over par three-round total of 218 (74-70-74). TCU’s Elin Emanuelsson placed second with a 225 total.

Brophy finished just four shots away from cracking the top-10 for the third time season. Her third round total of 81 paced the Fighting Irish on the day.

Junior Noriko Nakazaki (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) shot an 87 on Sunday to finish with a 251 (82-82-87) total and in a tie for 69th. Senior Lauren Gebauer (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) carded an 88 for the last 18 holes to conclude the `Mo’ Morial with a 261 (86-87-88) and tied for 83rd. Notre Dame freshman Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) finished 90th with a 267 (87-87-93). Suzie Hayes (Dublin, Ireland/Loreto College), a senior co-captain, posted a three-round score of 274 (91-86-97) to place 93rd.

The Fighting Irish return to action at the Dr. Dennis Thompson Invite at the Klipper Golf Course in Kaneohe, Hawaii March 20-22. For additional information please log on to und.com or call the Notre Dame athletics hotline at (574) 631-3000.

`Mo’ Morial (Traditions Club – Bryan, Texas, Par 72, 6,307-yards)

Top-10 Final Team Scores (out of 18) (54-hole totals): 1t. Arkansas 923 (307-301-315), 1t. Texas A&M 923 (306-304-313), 3. TCU 935 (318-309-308), 4. SMU 942 (317-314-311), 5. Oklahoma 943 (315-313-315), 6. Baylor 944 (325-305-314), 7. Kent State 945 (321-314-310), 8. Tulsa 948 (325-304-319), 9. Missouri 954 (325-314-315), 10. Kansas 971 (321-328-322), 18. Notre Dame 1,012 (334-329-349).

Top-5 Golfers (out of 96) (54-hole totals): 1. Ashley Knoll (Texas A&M) 218 (74-70-74), 2. Elin Emanuelsson (TCU) 225 (77-73-75), 3. Stacy Lewis (Arkansas) 226 (75-72-79), 4t. Michaela Cavener (Tulsa) 228 (75-75-78), 4t. Kristina Rothengatter (SMU) 228 (74-72-82).

Notre Dame Scores (54-hole totals): 16. Katie Brophy 234 (79-74-81), 69t. Noriko Nakazaki 251 (82-82-87), 83t. Lauren Gebauer 261 (86-87-88), 90. Lisa Maunu 267 (87-87-93), 93. Suzie Hayes 274 (91-86-97).

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