March 13, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame freshman So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) has been named the Golf World College Player of the Week for women’s golf for the week of March 3-9. Park won the individual title and helped the Fighting Irish claim the team crown at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational this past weekend. In addition, Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course has recently been named the second-best golf course in the state of Indiana by Golfweek magazine.
Park topped the 106-golfer field by registering a three-round four-under par score of 212 (72-70-70) at the Rio Verde Country Club’s par 72, 6,313-yard Quail Run Course. The 54-hole total was a season-best tally for the Irish rookie. Notre Dame won with an 875 (294-290-291), which was 18-shots better than runner-up Texas Tech. The victory for the Irish was a program-record fourth for a single season.
The win at the Rio Verde Invitational was Park’s second of the season. Park has a team-best 72.81 scoring average and she has placed in the top-seven in six of the seven tournaments this season. She is the only member of this year’s Fighting Irish squad to have all 21 rounds count towards the team score.
Park and her Notre Dame teammates have the luxury of practicing and playing at one of the nation’s top golf courses. According to Golfweek magazine’s 2008 course rankings, the Warren Golf Course was named the second-best course in the state of Indiana. Prairie View in Carmel was selected as the top course in the state.
The Warren Golf Course, which is located near the northeast corner of the Notre Dame campus, has received several accolades from national publications since its opening in 2000. It was hailed as one of the best new courses in America by Golf Digest and it has been featured in Links Magazine and Golf Digest as a must-play venue. In 2005, Golf Digest labeled Notre Dame’s home course as one of the top-15 college courses in the nation.