March 31, 2001
Williamsburg, Va. – The University of Notre Dame women’s golf team got off to a strong start at the William and Mary Invitational Saturday as they finished the first day of play tied for first with Elon College with 24-over par totals of 312. Notre Dame and Elon go into Sunday’s final round of play at the 5,821-yard par 71 Ford’s Colony Country Club with four stroke leads over Appalachian State (316) and William and Mary (316).
Rounding out the top five teams in the 19-team field were East Tennessee State and Winthrop University as each school turned in 318 totals, just six strokes behind the tournament leaders.
The Irish placed three golfers in the top eight on the way to their impressive opening day of play. Senior captain Shane Smith (St. Petersburg, Fla.) played the opening 18 holes in three-over par 74 as she shot shot 38-36 for the day. That puts her just two strokes behind the co-leaders, Ann Schnell of William and Mary and Laura Orlen of Elon College who shot one-over par 72.
Joining Smith in the top 10 were freshman Shannon Byrne (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and sophomore Terri Taibl (Elm Grove, Wisc.) who are just six strokes behind the leaders in a tie for eighth with five-over par marks of 76. Byrne opened with a 38 and closed with a 38 while Taibl was tied for the lead after nine holes with a 36 before shooting a 40 over the back nine on the way to her 76.
Senior Danielle Villarosa (Verona, N.J.), playing as an individual entrant, is tied for 24th with a nine-over mark of 80. Notre Dame’s other two scoring team members, Kristin McMurtrie (Jr., Calgary, Alb.) and Shelby Strong (So., Stillwater, Minn.) finished the opening day tied for 61st with 15-over par marks of 86.
The tournament resumes on Sunday in Williamsburg, Virginia with the final 18 holes of the 36-hole tournament starting at 8:00 a.m.
TEAM RESULTS (18 hole totals):
1. Notre Dame 312, Elon College 312, 3. Appalachian State 316, William and Mary 316, 5. East Tennessee State 318, Winthrop University 318, 7. Yale University 319, 8. Princeton 321, 9. Rutgers 325, 10. Methodist College 328, 11. Longwood College 335, Radford University 335, 13. Western Michigan 338, 14. Hampton University 339, 15. Florida Gulf Coast University 343, 16. Bucknell 347, 17. Youngstown State 352, 18. William and Mary Gold 356, 19. Pennsylvania 359.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS (of 97):
1. Ann Schnell (William and Mary) 72, Laura Orlen (Elon) 72, 3. Shane Smith (Notre Dame) 74, Katie Allison (Winthrop) 74, 5. Mimmie Dymling (East Tennessee) 75, Natalie Maleno (William and Mary) 75, Jordanna Davis (Yale) 75, 8. Shannon Byrne (Notre Dame) 76, Terri Taibl (Notre Dame) 76, Catalina Zuluaga (East Tennessee) 76.
NOTRE DAME SCORES:
t3. Shane Smith 74, t8. Shannon Byrne 76, Terri Taibl 76, t24. Danielle Villarosa 80, t61. Kristin McMurtrie 86, Shelby Strong 86.