ND Women’s Golf: Irish open season in Tallahassee
Greg Hadley | Friday, February 15, 2013
After a successful fall campaign, the Irish women open their spring season this weekend in Tallahassee, Fla., at the Match-Up Invitational hosted by Florida State.
It’s been nearly four months since the Irish last competed in October, but the winter weather hasn’t stopped them from preparing. Instead, the team practiced indoors.
“We were able to get about three-and-a-half weeks of practice in,” Irish coach Susan Holt said. “We worked a lot in our indoor golf facility. It’s one of the best in the country. Also, a lot of the girls are from warmer climates, so they were able to practice over winter break in addition to the three weeks.”
Thus, Holt expects her squad’s very best this weekend.
“We’re excited to get the chance to get out and play,” Holt said. “We’re not making any excuses because we’re from the north. That’s what our facilities are for. It’s time to compete.”
The Irish have lots of momentum to build on. Their fall season was one of the most successful in program history, culminating in six victories over top-25 opponents and a No. 14 midseason ranking. However, Holt doesn’t want to dwell on that success but instead focus on continuing it.
“We had some pretty lofty goals at the beginning of the year,” she said. “The fall season set us up well to follow through and accomplish most of our goals this spring.”
A key to realizing those goals will be freshman Lindsey Weaver, who was ranked first in the nation at the midseason break, and has yet to lose to a top-50 opponent.
“Lindsey is a very solid all-around golfer,” Holt said. “She’s very dedicated. I just want her to keep on working and practicing hard and to stay as steady as she’s been all season.”
Looking ahead to this weekend, the Irish will go up against top teams, including No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 21 Texas A&M. Holt thinks that this invitational will give her team valuable experience for later on in the year.
“The girls are very excited,” she said. “This invite has the top competition to prepare us for tournaments later in the year, like the Big East or NCAAs.”
The Irish golfers open their spring season this Friday through Sunday at the Match-Up Invitational hosted by Florida State at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
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