Sept. 20, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame junior Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) has been named the Golf World College Player of the Week for women’s golf. Maunu captured medalist honors for the first time in her career at last week’s Cougar Classic (Sept. 9-11) in Hanahan, S.C. She and her Fighting Irish teammates also took home the team title at the tournament.
En route to winning the event at the par 72, 6,159 yard Yeamans Hall Golf Club, Maunu broke the program record for a single-round score and three-round total. The junior carded a six-under par 66 during the first round on Sunday, Sept. 9 and finished with a six-under par 54-hole score of 210 to take the tournament by three shots over her freshman teammate So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep).
The six-under 66 from Maunu bested the previous low round of 68, which was established by Karen Lotta in 2004. Noriko Nakazaki, who shot a 215 in 2005, held the previous three-round record. Notre Dame’s final score of 870 (+6) shattered the program’s previous mark of 889 from the 2003 Cougar Classic.
Maunu and the Irish carried the momentum into this week’s Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup in Simpsonville, Ky. Notre Dame won its second consecutive event by posting an 878 (+14), which topped the host Louisville Cardinals by three shots. Park made it another sweep for the Irish as she bested the field with a 213 (-3). Maunu tied for sixth with a five-over par 221.
The Fighting Irish were ranked 12th nationally according to Golfweek magazine heading into the Cardinal Cup. That marked the highest-ever ranking for the Notre Dame women’s golf program.