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ND Women’s Golf: Park leads Irish squad to twelfth-place finish

Nathaniel Lee | Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Notre Dame finished 12th at the Northrop Grumman Regional in a field full of top-ranked teams in Palos Verdes, Calif.

No. 3 Arizona State came into the day leading the field, and combined for a 15-over par total to hold on for the win. Sundevils golfer Juliana Murcia turned in yet another solid performance, shooting 2-over par to bring her total for the tournament to a 1-over 214, eight strokes ahead of second-place finisher Carlota Ciganda, also of Arizona State.

After Wednesday’s final round, the Irish came out in 12th place, with a 104-over par 956. Leading the Irish for the third day was sophomore All-American So-Hyun Park, who finished in a four-way tie for 20th place. She turned in a final-round 6-over 77, finishing 20-over for the three rounds.

Freshman Becca Huffer finished behind Park in a tie for 41st. Her 6-over performance was her best of the tournament and brought her stroke total to 237, 24-over par.

Rounding out the squad were the solid performances from Junior Annie Brophy, senior captain Lisa Maunu and sophomore Katie Conway. Brophy shot a 1-over par for the day, the best performance by an Irish golfer at the tournament, and finished tied for 44th place at 240 strokes.

Maunu’s 8-over final-round score of 79 brought her to a total of 247, 34 strokes over par for all three rounds, causing her to drop seven places down to 65th in the field. Conway capped off the Irish with her own 8-over performance on the day. She finished in 73rd place, shooting 37-over par on a 250-stroke effort.

The Irish will now have a long break before traveling to Baton Rouge, La., for the Cleveland/LSU Classic on March 13th.