Freshman Nicole Zhang

Nicole Zhang Named BIG EAST Women's Golfer Of The Month

Oct. 5, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame women’s golfer Nicole Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) has been named the BIG EAST women’s Golfer of the Month, it was announced by the league on Tuesday.

The freshman earned the accolade following her nine-under par (207) collegiate debut on Sept. 25-26 at the Mary Fossum Invitational at the Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. Zhang carded a 69 (-3), 67 (-5) and 71 (-1) over the two days, helping her team to a first-place finish while winning the individual crown. She also was the only golfer to finish under par at the tournament.

Her 54-hole total is the lowest combined score in program history, besting the record of Lisa Maunu at the Cougar Class in 2007-08 when she carded a six-under par 210.

Zhang’s second round score of 67 (-5) also earned a spot in the record books, sitting as the second lowest single-round score in program history. Maunu and current Irish senior So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/ Bradenton (Fla.) Preparatory Academy) hold the top spot with a six-under par, 66 to their ledger.

The nine-under par shot by Zhang also broke the Mary Fossum Invitational individual record, which previously stood at 214 (-2) posted in ’07 and ’09.

Zhang and the Irish return to action Friday through Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at the Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.