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ND Women’s Golf: Irish finish 12th at LSU

Alex West | Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Three Irish players shot a 1-under in the third round of the LSU Cleveland Classic on Sunday, but the Irish squandered several shots, and finished 12th. Freshmen Becca Huffer, sophomore So-Hyun Park, and senior captain Lisa Manunu each carded a 1-under 71 for the third round.

Coach Susan Holt was disappointed with her team’s performance. “It was an easy course, but it served as an equalizer for all the teams.” Holt said. “We didn’t take advantage of [the course]”.

Despite posting the good scores, Holt believes that all of the players will say they could have performed better.

“We missed a lot of puts and made a lot of mistakes.” Holt said. “You make a couple of mistakes and you find yourself in a position that you shouldn’t be in.”

Huffer led the Irish with a 54-hole total of 217 to finish in a tie for 16th for the tournament. Also adding to the Irish’s total last weekend were sophomore Katie Conway and junior Annie Brophy who added third round scores of 78 and 76 respectively.

Sunday marked the second time that Huffer had scored under par in her career. The first time came back in September on the final day of the Mary Fossum Invitational. Sunday also was the second time this season that the Irish have had three players with scores in red numbers. The third round team total of 288 was tied for the fourth lowest mark in the program history.

Holt hopes that her team takes away some reality of the type of competition they are playing against this season.

“We need to perform better or we will continue to fall short of the mark,” she said.

To add to the Irish’s frustrating weekend, travel problems caused the Irish to arrive back in town a day later than expected, missing the prime practicing conditions Monday. The Irish travel to Austin, Texas next on Wednesday for this weekend’s Betsy Rawls Invitational.