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Irish see mixed set of results

Joe Meixell | Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Notre Dame stayed active over spring break. The Irish started slowly at the UNLV Spring Invitational on March 12, finishing the first two rounds in 17th place, but they carded a season-best five-over-par 293 to end in 15th with an overall score of 906 (42-over). No. 14 BYU won the tournament with a 17-under par 847. Wednesday’s team total of 293 matched the program’s third-lowest 18-hole score since the second round of the 2004 Big East Tournament. Senior co-captain Noriko Nakazaki led the Irish with a 44th-place finish with an overall with a score of 224 (75-73-76). Irish freshman Julie Kim matched sophomore Lisa Maunu’s mark of 229 and tied for 65th. Maunu tied freshman Kristin Wetzel with a third-round 72, the team’s best mark. Wetzel ended the tournament in a tie for 81st, shooting a 233 (81-80-72). Freshman Annie Brophy shot her best round of the season on Wednesday with a 1-over par 73, leaving her in a tie for 68th with a total of 230 (76-81-73).Notre Dame then traveled to Texas for the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin. The Irish started strong in the first round and eventually placed 8th with a mark of 937 (314-315-308). No. 18 Purdue made a late surge and captured the title in Austin with a tournament-best round of four-over-par 292. The Boilermakers’ final-round performance erased an 8-stroke deficit. Despite the team finish, Nakazaki once again shot well, leading the Irish with a 223 (75-75-73) – good enough for a sixth-place tie. Her three round total marked the fourth time the senior has finished in the top-10 this season.Brophy finished in a tie for 20th with a 233 (78-79-76), marking her highest overall placing and best 54-hole total of the season. Kim started the tournament with two consecutive rounds of 10-over par 82 but finished with a 77, leaving her with a total of 241 in a tie for 48th.Wetzel finished the tournament with a score of 242 (80-79-83), placing her in a tie for 54th, while Maunu’s mark of 245 (81-82-82) placed her in a tie for 61st.Notre Dame’s heads to Indianapolis for the Indiana Invitational hosted by Crooked Stick on April 9-10.