Oct. 24, 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame women’s golf team fired its best round of the tournament on the final day of competition on Sunday (Oct. 24) at the Landfall Tradition at the Dye Golf Course in Wilmington, N.C., as the Irish carded a 296 (+8) to finish sixth overall with a three-day total of 896 (+32). Notre Dame’s 296 third-round score was the lowest on the day among the 18 teams competing in the event. The Irish were led by junior Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton) who posted a third-round score of 73 for a 54-hole total of 218 (+2) to finish sixth overall among the 90 competitors in the three-day event.
UCLA captured the team title after carding a three-day total of 880 (+16), followed by North Carolina (885/+21) and Texas (890/+26). The No. 21 ranked Irish, according to Golfstat, defeated several top-ranked teams in the tournament including Michigan State (14), Wake Forest (15) and South Carolina (18).
Brittany Altomare of Virginia and UCLA’s Tiffany Lua both tied for first at two strokes under par (214) in the 54-hole tournament to claim the top spot on the leader board.
Irish freshmen Nicole Zhang (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) and Kristina Nhim (Cypress, Calif.) tied for 17th and 26th, respectively. Zhang shot a final round 76 for a three-day score of 224 (+8), while Nhim finished with a 74 for a 226 (+10) total.
Senior So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Preparatory Academy) finished 40th overall after recording a 75 in the final round, her best 18-hole score during the three days. Park’s 54-hole total was a 230 (+14).
Senior Katie Conway (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) rounded out the tournament with a 74 to improve her score by seven strokes from the previous day’s second round. Conway’s combined score in the event was 240 (+24).
The Irish will conclude their fall slate at the Alamo Invitational, which will be played at the Briggs Ranch in San Antonio, Texas.
Top-Six Team Scores (54-holes)
1. UCLA (880/+16)
2. North Carolina (885/+17)
3. Texas (890/+26)
4. Duke (891/+27)
5. Virginia (892/+28)
6. Notre Dame (896/+32)
Top-Six Individual Scores (54-holes)
T1.Brittany Altomare, Virginia (214/-2)
T1. Tiffany Lua, UCLA (214/-2)
T3. Lindy Duncan, Duke (216/E)
T3. Casey Grice, North Carolina (216/E)
5. Catherine O’Donnell, North Carolina (217/+1)
6. Becca Huffer, Notre Dame (218/+2)
Notre Dame’s Top-Five
6. Becca Huffer (72-73-73-218)
T17. Nicole Zhang (75-73-76-224)
T26. Kristina Nhim (75-77-74-226)
T40. So-Hyun Park (77-78-75-230)
T74. Katie Conway (85-81-74-240)