Sept. 29, 2008
Broomfield, Colo. – The women’s golf team played rounds one and two of the Heather Farr Memorial on Monday. After one round of play, the Irish were tied with Georgia State for second place with an even-par 288, two strokes behind the hosts from Colorado. But the Irish were just getting started. In the second round, Notre Dame came out and fired a school record minus-seven 281, besting the previous mark of 285 set in the first round of last season’s Cougar Classic, to take over first place.
Sophomore So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) led the Irish in the first round with a minus-two 70. Park’s steady first round featured 16 pars and birdies at three and 13. She then shot a minus-six 66 in the afternoon session to tie the school record. Park’s teammate Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) originally set the Notre Dame record with a 66 in the first round of last season’s Cougar Classic. Park’s record-tying round was aided by birdies at the third, fifth, 10th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes, giving her eight birdies on the day. She is tied for first with Kay Hoey of CSU-Long Beach at minus-eight.
One stroke behind Park’s first round performance was Maunu, who shot a minus-one 71 in the morning session. She followed up with another under-par round in the afternoon, shooting a minus-two 70. Maunu now has four even or under-par rounds on the young season. Through two rounds at the Heather Farr, she is in a tie for seventh place on the individual leaderboard with a minus-three mark.
Also scoring for the Irish in round one was junior Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep), who carded an even-par 72. She then shot a minus-one 71 in the second round to help the Irish achieve their record-setting round.
Freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS) completed the Irish scoring in the first round with a plus-three 75, followed by a plus-two 74, which also scored for the Irish, in round two.
Rounding out Notre Dame’s first round of play, sophomore Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y.) turned in a plus-four 76. She shaved a stroke off her first round total to shoot a plus-three 75 in round two.
The tournament concludes tomorrow with the final round slated to begin at 8:30 MST. Results will be posted on Colorado’s website, www.cubuffs.com. Live stats can be found at: http://cubuffs.statsgeek.com/golf-w/live/2008hf/
Heather Farr Memorial (Omni Interlocken Golf Club – Broomfield, Colo., Par 72, 6,211 Yards)
Top-Five Team Scores (36-hole totals): 1. Notre Dame (-7/569), 2. Colorado (+1/577), 3. CSU-Long Beach (+5/581), 4. Texas Tech (+6/582), 5. Colorado State (+8/584).
Top-Five Golfers (36-hole totals): t1. Kay Hoey (-8/CSU-Long Beach), t1. So-Hyun Park (-8/Notre Dame), 3. Emily Childs (-6/Colorado), 4. Lee Lopez (-5/CSU-Long Beach), t5. Corie Hou (-4/Hawaii), t5. Ulrika van Niekerk (-4/Texas Tech).