Noriko Nakazaki is six shots off the pace heading into Saturday's second round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.

Noriko Nakazaki Competes In The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Aug. 9, 2006

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame rising senior Noriko Nakazaki (Hanover Park, Ill./Hoffman Estates) finished up play at the 2006 USGA U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the par 71 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore. Nakazaki carded a two-round total of 158 (+16) to place in a tie for 106th-place out of the 156-golfer field.

The three-time all-BIG EAST Conference performer fired a nine-over par 80 during Monday’s first round of play. She trimmed two shots off of that total with a seven-over par 78 on Tuesday, yet was seven shots off from making the cut for the match play portion of the competition.

At last year’s championship, Nakazaki also fired rounds of 78 and 80 at the USGA U.S. Women’s Amateur, which was played at the par 72 Ansley Golf Club at Settindown Creek in Roswell, Ga.

The United States Women’s Amateur is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

Nakazaki, who currently owns the top career stroke average in school history with a 76.05 mark, and the Fighting Irish will open the fall portion of their 2006-07 slate with the Yeaman’s Hall tournament, which is hosted by the College of Charleston on Sept. 11 and 12.