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ND Women’s Golf: Irish struggle in tough conditions

Eric Prister | Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Notre Dame got off to rough start Monday in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a 46-over-par first round. That score puts them in 14th place out of 16 teams.

The No. 25 Irish trail five teams that are ranked lower than they are, including host school Ohio State and unranked Baylor. Arizona State, ranked No. 3 in the country, leads the pack, followed by No. 2 USC and the No. 1 team in the country, UCLA. The Irish trail the first place Sun Devils by 25 strokes.

The weather was a factor Monday in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., with strong winds and rain throughout the day, making it difficult for anyone to achieve a good score. Juliana Murcia, a golfer for Arizona State, is the only player who shot under par for the day.

The best round of the day for the Irish was scored by sophomore So-Hyun Park, who shot a nine-over 80 on the par-71 course, good enough to earn her a tie for 28th place. She finished the day with a birdie, four bogeys and three double bogeys.

Also scoring for the Irish were freshman Becca Huffer, who shot an 11-over 82, senior Lisa Maunu, who was one stroke higher with a 12-over 83, and junior Annie Brophy, whose 14-over 85 was fourth on the team. Sophomore Katie Conway was two strokes behind Brophy, shooting a 16-over 87, so her score was not counted for the Irish.

Notre Dame will shoot another 18 holes Tuesday before finishing the tournament Wednesday.