March 5, 2002
New Orleans, La. – The Notre Dame women’s golf team shot rounds of 352 and 334 to finish with a 36-hole total of 686 to finish 14th at the Tulane Green Wave Golf Classic.
The Irish shaved 18 strokes off Monday’s total score after battling cold and high winds during the opening round of play at the par 73, 6,008-yard Lakewood Country Club.
Notre Dame finished 85 strokes behind tournament champion Tulane (308-293) as the Green Wave shot a two-round total of 17-over par 601. That gave the Green Wave a 24-stroke win over Mississippi State (319-306-325). Campbell University was third (318-320-338), Memphis was fourth (321-318-339) and the University of Mississippi rounded out the top five with a 641 (330-311).
Individually, Tulane had five golfers among the top 11 in the field including tournament medalist Carolin Landmann who shot a three-over par 149 (74-75). That gave her a one-stroke edge over Mississippi State’s Anna Knutson who shot a four-over par 150 after a pair of 75’s.
Notre Dame’s top golfer was senior Kristin McMurtrie (Calgary, Alb.) who tied for 34th with rounds of 82 and 81 for a 163 total, 14 strokes behind Landmann. McMurtrie played as an individual entrant and her round did not count in the team scoring.
The top round for the Irish on Tuesday was shot by freshman Karen Lotta (Los Angeles, Calif.) who shot a five-over par 78. She had a DQ for the first 18 holes and did not figure in the standings even though her 78 was counted in Notre Dame’s team score.
Shannon Byrne (So., Arlington Heights, Ill.) tied for 45th with a 168 after rounds of 88 and 80. She was followed by sophomore Rebecca Rogers (Alpharetta, Ga.) who tied for 59th with a 172 total (85-87).
Junior Terri Taibl (Elm Grove, Wis.) tied for 68th with a 178 (89-89), Lauren Fuchs (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) tied for 71st (89-90-179) and Casey Rotella (Fr., Keswick, Va.) was 77th after rounds of 90 and 91 for a 181 total.
The women’s golf team returns to action at the Northern Illinois Snowbird Invitational that will be played at the Pebble Creek Country Club in Tampa, Fla., on March 14-15.
FINAL TEAM RESULTS (36-hole totals): 1. Tulane 308-293-601, 2. Mississippi State 319-306-625, 3. Campbell University 318-320-638, 4. Memphis 321-318-639, 5. Mississippi 330-311-641, 6. Central Florida 323-319-642, t7. South Florida 328-318-646, Alabama-Birmingham 330-316-646, 9. Louisville 330-319-649, 10. College of Charleston 337-322-659, 11. Southern Mississippi 342-324-666, 12. New Orleans 348-324-672, 13. Georgia State 341-339-680, 14. Notre Dame 352-334-686, 15. Cincinnati 364-353-717.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (of 85): 1. Carolin Landman (Tulane) 75-74-149, 2. Anna Knutson (Mississippi State) 75-75-150, 3. Alexis Wooster (Tulane) 74-77-151, t4. Heather Lourie (UAB) 74-78-152, Kathy Shafer (Tulane) 79-73-152, t6. Sharon O’Neill (Campbell) 77-76-153, Lindsay Hulwick (Tulane) 80-73-153, t8. Brooke Mangan (UAB) 79-77-156, Kim Tudor (Central Florida) 79-77-156, Marcela Gonzalez (Tulane) 83-73-156, Sapna Patel (College of Charleston) 80-76-156.
NOTRE DAME INDIVIDUALS (of 85): t34. Kristin McMurtrie 82-81-163, t45. Shannon Byrne 88-80-168, t59. Rebecca Rogers 85-87-172, t68. Terri Taibl 89-89-178, t71. Lauren Fuchs 89-90-179, 77. Casey Rotella 90-91-181, Karen Lotta DQ-78.