ND Women’s Golf
Irish finish tied for fifth at ACC championships
Renee Griffin | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Irish finished in a tie for fifth in their first-ever ACC Championship tournament at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., this past weekend, finishing above several highly ranked teams including No. 12 Clemson, No. 17 Wake Forest and No. 25 Florida State.
Notre Dame staged a comeback after entering the final day of competition in seventh place. The Irish were able to score 296 in the third round after scoring 306 and 303 in the first two, adding up to a final tally of 905.
“We were looking for a top-five finish,” Irish coach Susan Holt said. “We were the ninth seed going into the tournament, but we’re a better team than that, and we know that. I was really proud of how they played. We needed to play well to make the postseason, and we beat out several teams in the top 25, so I was pleased with it.”
No. 3 Duke took first at the tournament, followed by No. 23 Virginia, North Carolina State and No. 21 North Carolina. Notre Dame tied with Miami for the final spot in the top five out of the 11 teams at the tournament.
Holt named sophomore Talia Campbell, junior Kelli Oride, and senior Kristina Nhim as standout performers for the Irish at the tournament. Nhim bounced back from scoring +8 in the first two rounds to shoot par (71) in the last, giving her an overall score of 229. Oride also garnered her best score in the final round, shooting 77-78-74 to tie with Nhim at 229. Campbell had the best score of all the Notre Dame golfers at 223.
“Talia Campbell played really well,” Holt said. “This golf course was really difficult. Conditions were tough. It was a good test and I thought she really did a nice job.”
Freshman Jordan Ferreira came in second for Notre Dame, going 76-75-77 in the three rounds for a final tally of 228. Junior Ashley Armstrong rounded out the Irish lineup at 231.
Overall, Holt said she was happy with the outcome and the cohesive performance of the team as a whole.
“The biggest takeaway for me is that it was a good team effort,” Holt said. “We definitely need to continue that in the postseason. We had contributions from everybody, and at this point in the season, it’s really important for everyone to be doing their part and contributing.”
The next event for the team will be the NCAA Regionals on May 8.