March 4, 2002

New Orleans, La. – The Notre Dame women’s golf team battled cold and high winds on the way to a 352 total after one round of the Tulane Green Wave Golf Classic at the par 73, 6,008-yard Lakewood Country Club.

The second round of play was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.

The 352 total left the Irish 44 strokes behind Tulane University. Playing on their home course, the Green Wave turned in a 26-over par 308 on the way to the tournament’s first round lead. The Green Wave will take a 10-stroke lead over Campbell University into Tuesday’s final round. Mississippi State was third with a 319 and was followed by the University of Memphis with a 321 in fourth and Central Florida with a 323 in fifth.

Individually, Tulane’s Alexis Wooster and Alabama-Birmingham’s Heather Lourie each fired one-over par 74’s to tie for the first round lead. Anna Knutson of Mississippi State and Carolin Landmann of Tulane were one stroke behind with two-over 75’s.

Notre Dame’s top golfer was senior Kristin McMurtrie (Calgary, Alb.) who shot a seven-over par 80. McMurtrie is entered in the tournament as an individual entrant.

Sophomore Rebecca Rogers (Alpharetta, Ga.) was the team’s top scoring golfer as she tied for 43rd with an 85, 11 strokes behind the tournament leader.

Shannon Byrne (So., Arlington Heights, Ill.) was tied for 57th with an 88. Terri Taibl (Jr., Elm Grove, Wis.) was tied for 62nd with an 89 and freshman Casey Rotella (Keswick, Va.) had a 90. Karen Lotta (Fr., Los Angeles, Calif.), Notre Dame’s top golfer this season, was disqualified in the first round.

Senior Lauren Fuchs (Louisville, Ky.), also playing as an individual entrant, joined Taibl in a tie for 62nd with an 89.

TEAM RESULTS (18-hole totals): 1. Tulane 308, 2. Campbell University 318, 3. Mississippi State 319, 4. Memphis 321, 5. Central Florida 323, 6. South Florida 328, t7. Louisville 330, Alabama-Birmingham 330, Mississippi 330, 10. College of Charleston 337, 11. Georgia State 341, 12. Southern Mississippi 342, 13. New Orleans 348, 14. Notre Dame 352, 15. Cincinnati 364.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (of 85): t1. Alexis Wooster (Tulane) 74, Heather Lourie (UAB) 74, t3. Anna Knutson (Mississippi State) 75, Carolin Landman (Tulane) 75, 5. Sharon O’Neill (Campbell) 77, t6. Jayme Kolinski (Campbell) 78, Morgan Hapney (Louisville) 78, t8. Brooke Mangan (UAB) 79, Alison Wright (Louisville) 79, Kim Tudor (Central Florida) 79, Marianne Ruud (Memphis) 79.

NOTRE DAME INDIVIDUALS (of 85): t26. Kristin McMurtrie 82, t43. Rebecca Rogers 85, t57. Shannon Byrne 88, t62. Terri Taibl 89, Lauren Fuchs 89, t66. Casey Rotella 90, Karen Lotta DQ,