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ND Women’s Golf: Team places sixth in Texas

Alex West | Monday, March 23, 2009

Windy conditions and a tough course couldn’t stop the Irish this weekend, as the squad finished in sixth place at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Sunday afternoon.

The Irish shot a team score of 915 for the three-day tournament played at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. Leading the way for the Irish were sophomore So-Hyunn Park and freshmen Becca Huffer, who finished 23rd and 29th respectively.

Irish coach Susan Holt said that everyone on the team had solid rounds.

“We didn’t play well, but the conditions harmed a lot of teams,” Holt said.

On Sunday, wind speed climbed as high as 30 mph. It wasn’t just the Irish who had difficulty with the elements, though, as every team saw their scores rise in Sunday’s round.

The Irish scored their best round on Friday with a score of 296, putting them into sixth place. On Saturday, as the wind began to pick up, Notre Dame shot a 308, moving it back into a tie for seventh. After their third round score of a 311, the Irish stood alone in sixth place, ahead of top 25 teams Arizona and Vanderbilt and only 43 strokes behind tournament winner Purdue.

“We played really well,” Holt said. “When it’s all said and done, it was a successful tournament.”

Senior captain Lisa Maunu earned a top-50 finished while junior Annie Brophy and sophomore Katie Conway rounded out the Irish team finishing 58th and 62nd, respectively, out of 91 competitors.

The Irish next travel to Brown Summit, N.C. on April 3rd for the Bryan National Collegiate Tournament at the Bryan National Golf Course.