March 16, 2018
MESA, Ariz. – The Notre Dame women’s golf team fired an opening round 296 (+8) Friday at the seventh annual Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club (par 72, 6,184 yards). The Fighting Irish enter Saturday’s second round in fifth place.
Junior Maddie Rose Hamilton led the Irish at two-under par (70) and she will enter the second round tied for third, three strokes behind the leader–Nikolette Schroeder of Ohio State (67, -5).
The Buckeyes sit atop the standings following a round of 286 (-2). Arizona State is just one shot out of first place (287, -1). Oklahoma (291, +3) and Kentucky (293, +5) are just five and three shots, respectively, ahead of Notre Dame.
The Irish and Sun Devils were tied for first through nine holes at three-under. Rose Hamilton, sophomore Mia Ayer and junior Isabella DiLisio all shot 35 (-1) on the front nine and junior Emma Albrecht registered 36 (E), but only Rose Hamilton followed up with a sub-par round on the back (35, -1).
The second round will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday morning. Live scoring will be available on birdiefire.com.
COACH HOLT QUOTE
Thoughts on today’s opening round…
“It was a grind for sure. We had it going on the front nine and gave away a lot of shots on the back nine. We made 15 birdies as a team and just need to hang on to them over the next two days. Maddie had a great round which we really needed today towards the team score.”
T3 — Maddie Rose Hamilton: 70
T29 — Mia Ayer: 75
T29 — Abby Heck: 75
T38 — Emma Albrecht: 76
T60 — Isabella DiLisio: 79
T75 — Alison Snakard: 83 — ND —
Michael Bertsch, director of football media relations at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2006. An Akron, Ohio, native, he graduated from Walsh University (Ohio) in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and also received his master’s degree in health and physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Marshall University in 2001.