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Meaghan Veselik | Tuesday, November 2, 2010

After commencing the 2010 Alamo Invitational with a first-round score of 298 on Sunday and a fifth-place standing, the Irish have cut nine strokes off their second-round team score but remain in fifth place. Monday’s compiled score of 289 puts Notre Dame at 587 overall as it heads into the today’s third and final round.

Texas Christian University leads the tournament with a two-day total of 575, followed by Tulane in second with 581 and Texas A&M and Colorado tied for third with a 36-hole stroke total of 582.

Freshman Nicole Zhang and senior So-Hyun Park lead the Irish with rounds of 145, tying them for ninth among the 75-player field. Rookie sensation Zhang, who entered the tournament as Notre Dame’s No. 2 seed, shot a 72 on Day 1 and followed it with a 73 on Monday. Her Day 1 score was an even-par total and landed her in third, a position now held by players who shot a 143. Last season, the event was shortened due to rain, but the teams got two rounds in on the final day. Park shot two rounds of 74 in the event, which she was able to improve upon with a Sunday total of 73 and a 72 on Monday.

Freshman Kristina Nhim, who has also had a standout first season with the Irish, narrowly trails Zhang and Park with a 147 total from her round one score of 75 and round two 72.

Nhim is currently tied for 15th. Junior Becca Huffer, who led

Notre Dame last weekend at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., stands in fourth for the team. Her first round total was a team-high 79, but she managed to come back with a 72 for an overall 151. Currently, she is tied for 33rd after being in 54th after the first round.

Closing out the Irish scoring is junior Katie Allare whose 154 total ties her for 50th, a five spot drop from her day one 45th place finish. She finished Sunday with a round of 78, but was able to come back with a 76 on Monday.

Tournament play will continue tomorrow morning with the third and final round of the tournament. Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course in San Antonio, Texas.