March 3, 2002
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s golf team will goe south to Louisiana to participate in the sixth annual Tulane Green Wave Classic on Mon-Tues., March 4-5. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the 6,008-yard, par 73 Lakewood Country Club in New Orleans. The first 36 holes will be played on Monday with the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The tournament will feature some of the top teams in the South. Joining the Irish and the host school Tulane are Campbell, Central Florida, Cincinnati, College of Charleston, Georgia State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State, New Orleans, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Coach Debby King’s squad will look to improve on the team’s opening spring performance, a 7th-place finish at the Islander Spring Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 18-19.
King’s five golfers will include freshman Karen Lotta (Los Angeles, Calif.) who finished in a ninth-place tie at the Islander Spring Classic, her third top 10 finish of the season in five tournaments to date. Lotta has a 79.77 average for the season.
Junior Terri Taibl (Elm Grove, Wis.) and sophomore Rebecca Rogers (Alpharetta, Ga.) are two and three in the lineup after tying for 20th in the season-opening tournament. The duo shot 54-hole totals of 244 at the Islander Spring Classic. Taibl has an 81.90 average for the year and Rogers has an 84.10 mark on the season.
Shannon Byrne (So., Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Casey Rotella (Fr., Keswick, Va.) round out the Irish five who will participate in the team scoring.
Byrne has an 81.00 average for the season and is Notre Dame’s top returnee from last season. Rotella will make her first appearance as a non-individual entrant. She is coming off a strong showing at the Islander Classic and has an 84.17 average in two tournaments this season.
Seniors Kristin McMurtrie (Calgary, Alb.) and Lauren Fuchs (Louisville, Ky.) will also play in the tournament as individual entries. McMurtrie has an 82.00 average so far this season while Fuchs checks in with an 84.33 mark.