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Irish hope to finish strong

Eric Reter | Monday, November 1, 2004

The Irish will look to continue their streak of success and end their fall season on the positive note Monday. The team, who has already won two tournaments this fall, is traveling to South Carolina to compete in the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate.The Irish won this event last year, and Notre Dame coach Debby King is confident about her team’s chances for repeating. “We’re defending champions, so why not do it again,” she said.In their quest to repeat, the team will face some strong competition from the field of 18 teams, namely from Michigan and Southern Methodist, both of whom are ranked in the top 25 according to the latest Golfstat.com polls. However, the Irish have had success against both squads, owning a 2-1 record against Michigan and a 1-0 record against SMU.The tournament will consist of 27 holes on both Monday and Tuesday, and will take place at the Oak Point Golf course in Kiawah Island.The Irish will take a young but experienced lineup to South Carolina this week. Junior co-captains Katie Brophy and Suzie Hayes will lead the team this weekend. Brophy already has numerous top-five finishes this fall, including a victory at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational, and should be able to contend for another crown.Joining them will be sophomores Noriko Nakazaki and Stacy Brown, and freshman Jane Lee. All three have played well for the Irish and have become staples in the lineup. Despite of the individualistic nature of the sport of golf, the team has become a very cohesive group over the course of the fall, and this has been a key aspect of their success all season.”There’s really good chemistry, and we all believe we can win,” King said.King is happy with her lineup and very pleased about how the team has worked all season. Even though the Irish did not compete this past week, King opted not to tinker with the practice schedule they had been following all season, choosing not to focus practice on trying to adapt to the course they would be playing. “What we’ve been doing has been working, so we’ll keep doing it,” she said.