Senior captain Ashley Armstrong was the biggest mover on the leaderboard for Notre Dame on Sunday, gaining 13 spots on the field during the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship

The Irish Begin Play In NCAA Regional Thursday

May 7, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s golf team heads to the Cle Elum, Wash., for its seventh consecutive appearance in the three-day NCAA regional championship. The University of Washington will play host the tournament at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort.

The Irish earned an at-large bid after they tied for fifth place at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship last month. Notre Dame is among nine ACC teams in the 72-team field this year.

“The way we approach how we play this week is no different than any other event,” says head coach Susan Holt. “As always, I think it is important that we stay in the present and play the shot at hand. Accept the result of each shot and move on. Each player needs to stay positive and keep her head in the game. Every shot matters, and we have to fight to save as many strokes as we can.”

Notre Dame is the 18th seed in the West region and will be joined by two other ACC members, Clemson and Wake Forest, seeded fifth and sixth, respectively. The University of Southern California is the top seed in the West Region. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from the regional to the championship finals, played May 20-23 in Tulsa, Okla.

“What is so great about this event is that all teams here start back at zero,” Holt explains. “Rankings got us all here, but don’t get you to the finals. Your play for three days to advance to the finals, and that’s much easier to digest and control.”

Live stats will be available at, and results will be posted here at after each day of the May 8-10 tournament.

“I know and our players know that our body of work this year has not met expectations,” Holt adds. “We are as close to playing great as we have been all year. Our tied-for-fifth finish at ACC Championship was a real confidence boost, and I know we will ride that wave of momentum into the next three days. We expect to finish in the top eight and advance to finals. We are not just satisfied to be here.”

West Regional (three regions, 72 total teams)

* Ordered by seeding, parenthesis indicate Golfstat rankings)

1. Southern California (No. 1)

2. Arizona State (No. 6)

3. Oklahoma (No. 7)

4. Washington (No. 8)

5. Clemson (No. 13)

6. Wake Forest (No. 18)

7. Northwestern (No. 19)

8. Michigan State (No. 25)

9. Iowa State (No. 26)

10. Georgia Regents, Augusta (No. 29)

11. Oregon (No. 30)

12. Texas A&M (No. 36)

13. California, Davis (No. 37)

14. Denver (No. 41)

15. San Diego State (No. 43)

16. Wisconsin (No. 49)

17. Gonzaga (No. 48)

18. Notre Dame (No. 54)

19. Tennessee (No. 55)

20. Tennessee-Chattanooga (No. 68)

21. New Mexico (No. 72)

22. New Mexico State (No. 114)

23. Portland State (No. 104)

24. Detroit Mercy (No. 194)


1. Allison Knowles, Louisiana-Monroe

2. Regan De Guzman, San Jose St.

3. Clariss Guce, California State

4. Fabiola Arriaga, Texas-San Antonio

5. Madchen Ly, California State-Fresno

6. Alexandra White, Brigham Young

–Lauren Chval, Media Relations Assistant