June 15, 2004
Notre Dame, Ind. – Debby King has signed a contract extension to continue coaching the Notre Dame women’s golf team.
The first full-time coach in the history of the Notre Dame women’s golf program, King has wasted little time in elevating the Irish to the next level. Under her direction, Notre Dame has realized unprecedented success, including winning the first-ever BIG EAST women’s golf championships in 2003 and ’04 and a first-ever NCAA Championship invitation in ’04.
In three seasons under King, the Notre Dame team has experienced dramatic improvements. Prior to King’s arrival, the Irish had a team stroke average of 323.26 in 2000-01; Notre Dame concluded the 2003-04 season with an amazing school-record average of 309.31.
King’s teams have rewritten the Irish record books as they progress toward achieving their goal of being one of the top programs in the country. The ’03-’04 roster of 10 now owns the top five career stroke averages, the top seven stroke averages for a single season, the top 11 54-hole totals and eight of the 11 lowest rounds in school history. The 2003-04 squad also has 20 top-five finishes, with 18 coming during King’s tenure, 11 of which produced by King’s first two recruiting classes.
As a team, the Irish won three tournaments last fall, tying the school record for tournaments victories for an entire season. Individually, there were 11 top-10 finishes in Notre Dame’s six fall tournaments. The most impressive achievement from the fall of ’03, however, was the complete overhaul of the list of lowest team rounds in program history. Eight of the top 10 scores on the list were turned in this past fall, including the top three spots.
This spring, the success continued for the Irish with top-five finishes at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic and the Indiana University Women’s Invitational – followed by the BIG EAST Championship in April at Notre Dame’s own Warren Golf Course.
King is an ’84 Florida Atlantic graduate.