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Irish head to Indiana Invitational

Lorenzo Reyes | Thursday, April 5, 2007

Notre Dame will look for a positive performance Monday in the Indiana Invitational as it prepares for the Big East Championships later this month.The tournament, held in Indianapolis and hosted by Crooked Stick, will end the following day.The Irish lineup will feature senior co-captain Noriko Nakazaki from the No. 1 spot, where she has led the team in scoring in seven out of eight tournaments this year. Nakazaki topped the Irish squad when she finished in a tie for sixth at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational March 18.Freshman Annie Brophy will tee off from the second spot thanks to her consistent contribution throughout the season. Her best round came at the UNLV Invitational, where she ended up with a one-over par 73.Julie Kim, a fellow freshman, will shoot from the No. 3 spot. Due to an injury early in the season, Kim will golf in only her fourth collegiate event. Since recovering from the injury, however, she has impressed coach Susan Hunt enough to become a consistent name on the Irish scorecard.Kristin Wetzel, another freshman, and sophomore Lisa Maunu round out the lineup at fourth and fifth spots.”Over the three-week layoff we have been playing as much as possible to stay competitive between each other,” Maunu said. “We have all been working on our swing and putting to fine tune them.”The sophomore also commented on what the invitational means in terms of preparation for the Big East championships. “This tournament is very important for Big East and for momentum into Regionals,” she said. “We have to have a strong tournament in both this tournament and Big East so we can hopefully pull up our regional ranking.”