March 22, 2003
Boerne, Texas – The Notre Dame women’s golf team, coming off strong spring break performances at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational and the Snowbird Invitational last week in Florida, move to Texas this week. The Irish go to Boerne, Texas to play in the Baylor-Tapito Springs Shootout at the par-72, 6,007-yard Tapito Spring Golf Resort.
Dates and Times: The 54-hole Baylor – Tapito Springs Shootout will be played over a three-day period with 18 holes being played each day. The tournament will run from Sunday, March 23 through Tuesday, March 25. Tee times each day are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. CST.
The Teams: The 11-team tournament features five teams currently ranked in the top 50 by Golfstat. The tournament field includes Baylor (ranked 28th), Illinois (ranked 48th), Kent State (ranked 30th), McLennan Community College, Missouri (ranked 43rd), Notre Dame, Texas-El Paso, Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Christian (ranked 33rd) and Wisconsin.
Irish Lineup: The Irish are coming off a third-place showing at the Northern Illinois Snowbird Invitational last weekend. Leading the way for the Irish was senior captain Terri Taibl (Elm Grove, Wis.), who shot the two best rounds of her career, to finish tied for fourth with a 149 (75-74). Notre Dame placed three other golfers in the top 15 at the Snowbird Invitational as freshmen Lauren Gebauer (Columbus, Ohio) and Sarah Bassett (Spokane, Wash.) tied for seventh in the 122-player field. Gebauer shot rounds of 77-75 and Bassett shot 78-74 for their 152 totals. Shannon Byrne (Jr., Arlington Heights, Ill.) was one stroke behind with a 153 (78-75). Both Bassett and Byrne played as individual entries in that tournament. Also having a nice week in Florida was freshman Katie Brophy (Spokane, Wash.) who won the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational with a three-over par 147 on rounds of 73 and 74.
Last Tournament: Notre Dame tied for 3rd in the 21-team Northern Illinois Snowbird Invitational played at Tampa’s Pebblecreek Country Club on March 13-14. In that tournament, the Irish had four golfers finish in the top 15 led by Terri Taibl’s fourth-place finish with a 149 (75-74). In that tournament, Notre Dame shot rounds of 315-297 for a 612 total, 21 strokes off the pace of tournament champ, James Madison. The second round 297 was the second-lowest round for the Irish in the history of the women’s program.
Irish Leaders: During the spring, Notre Dame has four golfers shooting under 80.00 for three tournaments. Terri Taibl leads the team with an 77.25 average after four rounds for the spring. For the year, she has an 80.75 overall average. Following Taibl in the spring are three freshmen. Katie Brophy has a 78.57 average for seven rounds this spring (78.80 for the year). Suzie Hayes (Fr., Dublin, Ireland) owns a 79.00 average in two tournaments this spring and has an 80.60 average for the year. Sarah Bassett (Fr., Spokane, Wash.) rounds out the under-80 group with a 79.86 mark for the spring and leads the team with a 78.50 mark for the year. Sophomore Karen Lotta (Los Angeles, Calif.) has an 80.29 mark for the spring and an 80.23 average for the season.
Tournament Results: Results will be available on the Notre Dame website at und.com after 9:00 p.m. on each day of tournament play.
Next For The Irish: The Notre Dame’s women’s golf team will next be in action on April 5-6 when they play in the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. The tournament will begin play each day at 8:00 a.m.