ND Women’s Golf: Irish place eighth in Florida Invitational
Megan Finneran | Monday, April 12, 2010
The Irish took eighth out of 15 teams this weekend at the University of Florida’s SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational, finishing 63-over par at 903 strokes.
“We unfortunately had a few too many missed opportunities where we should have capitalized, particularly around the greens,” junior Katie Conway said.
Senior Annie Brophy once again led the team, turning out her best finish of the season with a 74. Brophy tied for 11th overall, ending the tournament at 219 strokes, nine-over par. In the last round Sunday morning, she finished four-over par with four birdies, but was brought down by two double bogeys and a triple. Brophy has finished in the top-15 in four of her nine competitions this season with her 11th place showing her best finish of the 2010 spring campaign.
Sophomore Becca Huffer and junior So-Hyun Park ended the final round with seven-over par 77s. Huffer concluded the weekend tied for 18th with 221 strokes, 11 over par. She ended Saturday in fifth place at the head of the Irish lineup, but eight bogeys in the final round hurt her position. However, she did have nine pars on the day and closed with a birdie on her final hole of play. Park’s final round score ensured all three of her weekend rounds to be counted towards the Irish team score (she had back-to-back 79’s in the first two). Park’s final score included 12 pars, five bogeys and a double as she tied for 55th at 25-over par for a total of 235.
Conway’s final round of 80 rounded out the Notre Dame team scoring. She totaled 232 strokes for the weekend to tie her at 46th, at 22-over par. She began the weekend on a high note, ending the first round at par, marking her best round this season and matching her lowest stroke total in her career. Her Sunday round included two birdies, seven pars, six bogeys, a double and a triple. She had eight birdies on the weekend.
Senior Kristin Wetzel rounded out the Irish play. Her final stroke count of 246 put her 36-over par and tied her for 73rd place. She began the tournament well with 81 and 78 strokes in the first and second round, but had difficulty toward the end, concluding with 87 strokes.
This weekend’s competition marked the last of the regular season for Notre Dame. The Irish are now preparing for the Big East championship, which will be held on April 18 in Palm Harbor, Fla.
“We are definitely looking forward to a strong finish in Florida, and then regaining the Big East title down at Inisbrook Resort in a few weeks,” Conway said.