Sept. 9, 2001
Notre Dame, Ind. – Junior Terri Taibl (Elm Grove, Wisc.) was a model of consistency for 72 holes as she lef from start to finish in winning the Notre Dame women’s campus golf championship by three strokes over Shannon Byrne (So., Arlington Heights, Ill.) at the Warren Golf Course.
Taibl, who never trailed by less than two strokes in the tournament that was played over two weekends, turned in her best round on Sunday as she shot a 77 following back-to-back rounds of 78 last weekend (Sept. 2-3) and an 80 on Saturday for her 72-hole mark of 313.
“I was very happy with the way I played all four rounds, I played pretty consistent golf both weekends,” says Taibl. “I got off to a good start last week with the first 78 and that helped my confidence.”
Taibl, who averaged 81.82 last season, is coming off a strong spring and summer of play. “Last spring was really a turning point for me. I played well in the spring tournaments and started to get my confidence. This past summer, I did well in all the tournaments that I entered. That has carried over to the way I’ve played this fall,” explains Taibl.
Her two closest challengers for the entire tournament were Byrne and senior Kristin McMurtrie (Calgary, Alb.) who never got any closer than three strokes after McMurtrie opened with an 80 in the first round.
Byrne, who is the team’s top returning scorer from 2000-01 opened with an 85, then fired a tournament-best round of 74 last Saturday before closing with a pair of 80’s this weekend for her 72-hole total of 319. McMurtrie was eight strokes behind Taibl with a 321. After rounds of 80 and 84 last weekend, McMurtrie matched Taibl’s 80-77 finish over the final 36 holes.
Rounding out the top five Irish golfers were Rebecca Rogers (So., Alpharetta, Ga.) and Jeanne Murphy (So., Alexandria, Va.) as Rogers finished 14 strokes behind Taibl with a 327 (81-89-76-81) while Murphy was a stroke behind with a 328 (87-81-80-80). Both sophomores had solid weekends to get back in the tournament race. Rogers had the top round of the weekend for the women on Saturday as she fired a 76. Along with Sunday’s 81, she equalled Taibl and McMurtrie’s scores for this weekend as each had 157 totals.
The women’s team, under new head coach Debby King, opens the 2001-02 fall schedule this coming Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16 when they travel to East Lansing, Mich., to participate in the Mary Fossum Invitational at Michigan State University.
2001 NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S CAMPUS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Final 72-hole standings, Sept. 9 … Warren Golf Course
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL SCORING (field of 14): 1. Terri Taibl (78-78-80-77-313), 2. Shannon Byrne (85-74-80-80-319), 3. Kristin McMurtrie (80-84-80-77-321), 4. Rebecca Rogers (81-89-76-81-327), 5. Jeanne Murphy (87-81-80-80-328), 6. Karen Lotta (86-78-82-83-329), 7. Casey Rotella (89-79-80-86-334), 8. Shelby Strong (90-85-78-83-336), 9. Lauren Fuchs (89-80-84-86-339), 10. Emily Anderson (84-95-87-85-351), 11. Michelle Halverson (85-90-94-84-353), 12. Jenny Lynch (91-90-92-85-358), 13. Nina Siggins (91-87-88-93-359), 14. Saira Kahn (94-90-97-85-366)