May 6, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — In a season filled with landmark achievements, the University of Notre Dame women’s golf team reached another milestone on Wednesday, as junior Talia Campbell (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) became the first player in program history to earn all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. Campbell was among 12 players selected for all-conference recognition through a vote of the ACC’s 11 head coaches taken following the ACC Championship.
Campbell currently leads the Fighting Irish and ranks 11th in the ACC with a 73.41 stroke average, which also is good for the second-lowest single-season mark in the program’s 27-year history. Campbell, who has seen all but one of her 27 rounds this season count to Notre Dame’s team score, has been the top Fighting Irish finisher in five of nine tournaments in 2014-15, including season-best fourth-place showings at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 13-14) and the Clover Cup (March 13-15). She also tied for 11th place at last month’s ACC Championship with a one-under par 215.
This marks the second time in Campbell’s career she has earned all-conference honors — in 2013, she garnered all-BIG EAST accolades after sharing medalist honors at the BIG EAST Championship. Campbell is the 10th Notre Dame golfer to be a two-time all-conference selection, and the first since current teammate and senior captain Ashley Armstrong (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) collected her second consecutive all-BIG EAST citation in 2013.
“We’re so happy and proud of Talia for being named to the All-ACC Team,” Notre Dame head coach Susan Holt said. “She is such a solid player. Even when she doesn’t play well, she still shoots 75 or better. She keeps it simple — fairways and greens, and she capitalizes on her opportunities.”
“This has been my best (college) season by far,” Campbell said. “I reached a new plateau at the ACCs. Now it’s on to the regional and our number one goal this weekend will be to qualify for nationals. I don’t care about the scores — they can be ugly or beautiful, as long as we’re one of the top six teams and we get to the (NCAA) finals.”
Campbell, Armstrong and their Fighting Irish teammates are the midst of final preparations for the 2015 NCAA South Bend Regional, which tees off Thursday at Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Course. The Fighting Irish will begin Thursday’s first round at 8 a.m. (ET) from the No. 1 tee, with live scoring for the NCAA South Bend Regional available online through Golfstat.
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— Chris Masters, Associate Athletic Media Relations Director