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Baylor tourney sees Irish again falter

Eric Retter | Monday, March 22, 2004

If only every day were Friday.Freshman Noriko Nakazaki and the rest of the Notre Dame women’s golf team would echo that sentiment after failing to improve on the team’s first day score and dropping in the standings for the second straight weekend. The Irish participated in the Baylor/Tapatio Springs Invitational in Boerne, Texas, finishing in 13th place in the 19-team field.The Irish started off the weekend with promise, shooting a combined score of 319 and finishing Friday in 11th place. Sophomore Katie Brophy and junior Karen Lotta both shot 9-over par-81 Friday. Sophomore Sarah Bassett ended with an 86 in the first round and sophomore Lauren Gebauer – in the scoring five for the first time this season – finished with an 18-over par 90, a frustratingly high score considering she led the Irish team a week ago in St. Croix. The real story of the day was Nakazaki, who was red hot and came off the 18th green on Friday tied for first after shooting a 1-under par 71. Unfortunately for the Irish, Nakazaki cooled off Saturday, and her amazing first round would not carry over into Saturday. Nakazaki shot an 80, dropping well out of first place.The team again ended with a 319 combined score on Saturday, led by Brophy’s 5-over 77. Gebauer and Lotta each ended the day with an 81, and Bassett shot an 88.On the tournament’s final day, Nakazaki was again unable to recapture her Friday magic, scoring an 81 on Sunday, her worst showing of the three-day event. However, the freshman golfer still finished in a tie for 15th place with a tournament total of 232.As a whole, the Irish team also put up their worst tournament numbers on Sunday, handing in a 323 for a 3-day total of 961, dropping them to 13th place, 65 shots out of first. Lotta led the team Sunday, tallying a 77, bringing her weekend total to 239. Gebauer shot an 82 to total 253 for the weekend, and Bassett ended Sunday with an 83 and a weekend score of 257. Brophy turned in an 85 to wrap up the weekend in a tie for 64th with a 243.Indiana University dominated the tournament, finishing with an 896, 13 shots ahead of second place Missouri.