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Women's Golf Is 4th After First Round Of Snowbird Invitational

March 14, 2002

Tampa, Fla.-The Notre Dame women’s golf team shot a 313 in round one of the Snowbird Invitational on Thursday at the par 72, 5,940-yard Pebblecreek Golf Course.

The 313 total has the Irish eight strokes behind Arkansas State University’s round of 305. Arkansas State is in first by two strokes over second place University of Southern Mississippi (307). Southern Illinois University is third at the Northern Illinois University hosted tournament with a 312, one stroke ahead of the Irish heading into Friday’s play. In fifth place, the University of Toledo is one stroke behind Notre Dame with 314.

Individually, Arkansas State’s Shellie Wenzel is in the lead after the first round after shooting a one-under par 71, the only under par round shot in Thursday’s action. Breanne Hall of Toledo is in second, two strokes off the lead with a one-over par 73 and Southern Illinois’ Alison Hiller is third with a two-over par 74.

Notre Dame’s top golfer was junior Terri Taibl (Elm Grove, Wis.) who shot a four-over par 76. Taibl enters Friday’s final round tied with two other golfers for seventh place, five strokes off the lead.

Senior Kristin McMurtrie (Calgary, Alb.) and freshman Karen Lotta (Los Angeles, Calif.) are tied for tenth after shooting 77’s. Shannon Byrne (So., Arlington Heights, Ill.) is tied for 54th with an 83. Sophomore Rebecca Rogers (Alpharetta, Ga.) shot an 86 and is in 72nd place.

Senior Lauren Fuchs (Louisville, Ky.), participating in the tournament as an individual entrant, shot a round of 82 on day one.

TEAM RESULTS (18-hole totals): 1. Arkansas State 305, 2. Southern Mississippi 307, 3. Southern Illinois 312, 4. Notre Dame 313, 5. Toledo 314, 6. Lynn University 315, 7. Methodist College 321, 8. Bowling Green 327, t9. Yale 328, St. Mary’s (TX) 328, 11. Northern Illinois 329, 12. Wichita State 331, t13. Ball State 334, Texas Pan-Am 334, 15. Youngstown State 335, 16. Missouri-Kansas City 338, 17. Minnesota State 341, 18. Florida Southern 345, 19. John A. Logan 348, 20. Western Illinois 360, 21. Creighton 361, 22. Bucknell 365.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (of 128): 1. Shellie Wenzel (Arkansas State) 71, 2. Breanne Hall (Toledo) 73, 3. Alison Hiller (Southern Illinois) 74, t4. Shelley Binzel (Bowling Green) 75, Natasha Vincent (Southern Mississippi) 75, Emily Black (Southern Mississippi) 75, t7. Jennifer Shutt (Southern Illinois) 76, Jennifer Keefe (Southern Mississippi) 76, Terri Taibl (Notre Dame) 76, t10. Rachel Maruno (Missouri-Kansas City) 77, Leigh Ann Jones (Arkansas State) 77, Veronica Maldonado 77, Kristin McMurtrie (Notre Dame) 77, Karen Lotta (Notre Dame) 77, Ofelia Lopez (Southern Mississippi) 77, Jillian Wyne (St. Mary’s) 77.

NOTRE DAME INDIVIDUALS (of 128): t7. Terri Taibl 76, t10. Kristin McMurtrie 77, Karen Lotta 77, t46. Lauren Fuchs 82, t54. Shannon Byrne 83, t72. Rebecca Rogers 86.

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