Sept. 24, 2000
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Despite shifting to a tournament several thousand miles away, the Notre Dame women’s golf team met with the same misfortune-as the weather again led to a shortened competition, this time at Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational.
Notre Dame-which last week saw the third round canceled at the Fall Preview in Howie-In-Hills, Fla., due to the impending Hurricane Gordon-experienced more significant cancellations this weekend, due to an 18-hour downpour from Friday-Saturday mornings that flooded the greens at the Forest Akers West Golf Course. Friday’s practice round and Saturday’s two rounds of competition both were wiped out, with the 15 teams managing to play one round on Sunday.
Senior captain Shane Smith and junior Kristin McMurtie led the Irish with matching rounds of 79 on Sunday while freshmen Shannon Byrne (84), Jeanne Murphy (84) and Rebecca Rogers (86) rounded out Notre Dame’s starting five. The Irish posted a team round of 326, just one stroke back of 13th-place Ohio University.
Notre Dame junior Lauren Fuchs (87) and sophomore Shelby Strong (86) also competed, as individual entrants.
Minnesota (296) posted the best round on Sunday, followed by Kent State (299), Northwestern (301) and the host Spartans (302). Michigan’s Kim Benedict and Minnesota’s Jenny Bruun turned in the top individual rounds, at two-under 70.