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Irish seek fourth Big East title

Alex West | Friday, April 17, 2009

The defending Big East champion Irish will put their title on the line when they compete in the Big East Championship this Sunday at the Jovita Golf Club in Dade City, Fla.

Last year, Notre Dame surprised heavily favored Louisville to win its third Big East Championship in school history. Once again, the No. 15 Cardinals are the favorites, but Irish coach Susan Holt says her team has been there before.

“Last year they were supposed to kill us,” Holt said. “We ended up winning by nine strokes.”

Even with the title of defending champions, the team is looking at this weekend’s championship as just another tournament.

“It’s been one of our main goals all year to win the Big East Championship,” Holt said. “But, there’s really no need to bring anything more to the round than we normally would.”

Holt, previously head coach at the University of South Florida, will be making a homecoming of sorts when she returns to the Jovita Golf Club, the Bulls’ home course.

Trying to duplicate her strong 2008 performances will be junior Annie Brophy who took home medalist honors at last year’s tournament. Brophy also took home all-Big East honors last season.

Holt’s only concern with the team this year is that it hasn’t been playing up to expectations all spring.

“We haven’t been playing particularly well this spring and we know that.” Holt said. “If we can find a way to play up to our potential, we could once again bring home the championship.”