Irish Women Take Week Off Before Heading to Illini ClassicStats
- Klein's fifth-place showing leads women to sixth at IU Invitational
- Men take second at Johnny Owens Intercollegiate, surge to 8th in district
- Kent posts second top-five finish; men head for third tourney in 11 days
NOTRE DAME WOMEN TAKE WEEK OFF BEFORE HEADING TO ILLINOIS: The Notre Dame women's golf team takes a week off from competition before competing in the Illinois Spring Classic, a 36-hole tournament to be held April 18-19 ... the Irish women are coming off a sixth-place finish at the Indiana Invitational, led by freshman Mary Klein's fifth-place showing.
THE COURSE: The Illinois Spring Classic again will be played at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy, Ill. ... the course is a par-73 with yardage TBA ...
THE FIELD: In addition Notre Dame and the host Illini, the 17-team field includes four teams from the Mid-American Conference--Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois and Toledo--plus the following teams: DePauw, Franklin, Grand Valley State, Indianapolis, Lewis, Missouri-Kansas City, Oakland, Tri-State, Truman State, Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Xavier.
LAST YEAR: Illinois (310-316) edged Notre Dame (312-316) by two shots for the title ... current Irish senior Tracy Melby (75-78) captured medalist honors in the 73-golfer field while current senior Katie King (82-78) and current sophomore Beth Cooper (81-79) tied for 13th ... current sophomore Andrea Klee also competed at last year's Illini Spring Classic (78-83) while 1997 graduate Marty Anne Hall turned in rounds of 78 and 81.
IRISH MEN LOOK TO KEEP ROLLING AT MARSHALL: The streaking Notre Dame men's golf team--on the heels of a championship performance at the Butler Spring Invitational and runner-up showing at the Kentucky/Johnny Owens Intercollegiate--heads right back to the links this week for its third tournament in a span of 13 days ... the Irish will compete in the Marshall Invitational at Guyan Golf and Country Club, with 36 holes slated for Friday, April 10 and 18 for Saturday, April 11 ... the 20-team field will include several teams from the Midwest District that the Irish are battling for a spot in the NCAAs ... Notre Dame heads into the week ranked eighth in the Golfstat district rankings (the district committee will select six teams and one individual or five teams and six individuals for the NCAAs) ... the Irish have shot 294 or lower in six of the last seven rounds and own a 295.50 average in their three spring tournaments.
THE COURSE: The Marshall Invitational will be held at the Guyan Golf and Country Club on a par-72, 6,456-yard course ... the course was built in 1922 and has played host to numerous tournaments, including U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Qualifiers and the West Virginia Open ... Guyan is described as a "thinking man's" course, with medium-sized greens and a sprinkling of wooded areas.
THE FIELD: In addition to the hosts and Notre Dame, the 20-team field for the Marshall Invitational includes eight Big Ten Conference teams--Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin--plus Mid-American Conference teams Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Ohio and Toledo ... the remaining teams are Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Louisville and Murray State.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: Northwestern (868) edged Ohio State (873) for the team title while Northwestern's Scott Rowe took medalist honors (210) ... OSU has captured 15 of the previous 18 tournaments ... Notre Dame has competed at one previous Marshall Invitational, in 1995-96, placing sixth out of 18 teams ... Joel Hepler shot 224 to tie for 16th at that tournament while current senior Bryan Weeks totaled 229 (79-77-73).
IRISH MEN TAKE SECOND IN KENTUCKY (4/3-4): Junior Willie Kent posted his second consecutive top-five finish while Notre Dame-just five days removed from its team title at the Butler Invitational--surged to a second-place finish at the 20-team Kentucky/Johnny Owens Intercollegiate, held at the par-72, 6,987-yard Kearney Hill Golf Links ... Notre Dame entered the final round tied with Ball State for third (594), three shots behind Eastern Kentucky, after rounds of 301-293 on the first day ... the Irish then used a final-round 294 to fly by EKU (which shot 315) and BSU (309) while outdistancing third-place Louisville by five shots ... Toledo repeated as team champion (291-288-292), besting the Irish by 17 shots ... Kent--who finished as runner-up at the Butler Invite--tied for fourth in the 100-golfer field, finishing with a one-under 71 for a 218 total, after opening rounds of 72 and 75 ... senior captain Bryan Weeks and junior Brad Hardin turned in final round 74s while sophomore Jeff Connell rounded out the team score with a 75 ... sophomore Todd Vernon (76) did not count to the final-round team score, just the second time in 21 rounds during 1997-98 that he has not counted ... Vernon' strong first-day play (75-72) earned him a 223 and share of 19th along with Hardin, who turned in one of his most consistent tournaments of the season (75-74-74) ... Weeks--the medalist at the Butler Invite--finished at 225 (79-72-74) while Connell posted a 229 (79-75-75).
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (54 holes): 1. Toledo 291-288-292/871; 2. Notre Dame 301-293-294/888; 3. Louisville 299-298-296/893; Miami (OH) 294-304-306/993; 5. Michigan State 307-293-301/901; 6. Ball State 299-295-309/903; 7. Kentucky 295-302-308/905; Purdue 305-300-300/905; 9. Eastern Kentucky 294-297-315/906; Eastern Michigan 305-299-302/906; 11. Morehead State 305-298-304/907; 12. Michigan 305-300-307/912; Akron 306-298-308/912; 14. Marshall 310-301-304/915; 15. Xavier 303-300-313/916; Ohio 310-296-310/916; 17. Wright State 307-301/312/920; 18. Iowa 304-306-315/925; 19. Youngstown State 309-305-313/927; 20. Murray State 313-317-309/939.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (of 100): 1. Kyle Voska (MIA) 71-67-72/210; 2. Tom Rice (TOL) 72-70-71/213; 3. Danny Baron (LOU) 73-72-69/214; 4. Willie Kent (ND) 72-74-71/218; Michael Harris (MICH) 70-76-72;
OTHER NOTRE DAME SCORES: 19. Brad Hardin 75-74-74/223; Todd Vernon 75-72-76/223; Bryan Weeks 79-72-74/225; Jeff Connell 79-75-75/229.