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In six seasons as the Fighting Irish women's golf head coach, Susan Holt, the 2011 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, has moved the program into a period of unprecedented success that includes an active streak of five consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, including the first NCAA Championship appearance in program history in 2011.
Additionally, the top-five season stroke averages in program history have been set under her watch. In Holt's tenure, the Irish have won 10 tournaments titles and captured two BIG EAST Championship crowns in both 2008 and `11, while her players have garnered medalist honors on eight different occasions.
Holt was introduced as head coach of the University of Notre Dame women's golf program in August of 2006. She became the second full-time head coach in the history of the Fighting Irish program and the fourth overall since women's golf became a varsity sport prior to the 1988-89 season.
This past season - the 2011-12 campaign - the Irish again turned in a strong season that included two second-place finishes, two medalist honors, a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Central Regionals and the fifth-best team average of 305.93.
Notre Dame finished second at the Hoosier Fall Invitational at Crooked Stick Golf Club while senior Becca Huffer won her first collegiate tournament by three strokes with a four-over par 220. In the spring, the Irish finished second at the BIG EAST Championship, falling to South Florida by one stroke. There, freshman Ashley Armstrong took medalist honors, becoming the fifth Notre Dame women's golfer to win or share a BIG EAST crown. Huffer, Armstrong and sophomore Kristina Nhim took all-BIG EAST honors. Huffer's accolades made her the third Notre Dame women's golfer and the third in BIG EAST history to win four all-BIG EAST honors. More importantly, the Irish were selected as an at-large participant for the NCAA Central Regional where the team finished 15th overall.
In 2010-11, Holt led the Irish to four first-place finishes. The team won the Mary Fossum Invitational to begin the 2010-11 season, followed by a victory on their home course, at the William K. Warren Invitational. Then, at the John Kirk/Intercollegiate Classic the Irish finished first, before capturing the BIG EAST title where Nicole Zhang, Becca Huffer, So-Hyun Park and Kristina Nhim each earned all-BIG EAST honors. The BIG EAST title was the second under Holt's guidance and gave the Irish an automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals at the Warren Golf Course. The Irish would finish fifth and make the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Championships that were held in Bryan, Texas. There, they finished 22nd in the 24-team field.
In her fourth season (2009-10), Holt guided the Irish to a third consecutive NCAA Central Regional appearance and led the Irish to a then fourth-best season stroke average with a 306.60 mark. Notre Dame's best finish of the season was a tie for second at the Alamo Invitational where Annie Brophy became the sixth Irish player to win two individual titles in her career.
Three of Holt's players earned all-BIG EAST accolades in 2010 including Brophy, Katie Conway and Huffer. With her fourth such honor, Brophy became just the second player in program history to earn all-BIG EAST accolades four times, while she and Huffer had the added distinction of being two of the six unanimous selections to the 12-person team.
In her six seasons with the Irish, Holt has seen 11 of her players combine to win 22 All-BIG EAST honors. Additionally, Huffer earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Year accolades in 2009 while Armstrong followed in 2012.
During the 2009-10 campaign, Holt presided over one of the program's best individual performances as Huffer put together one of Notre Dame's most statistically impressive seasons. Huffer recorded a 74.90 stroke average, which is the third-best mark in program history. She also saw all 30 of her rounds counted towards team scoring and she led the Irish at six of their 11 tournaments. At the end of a dominating season in which she finished in the top-20 at 10 of 11 events, Huffer narrowly missed individual qualification for the NCAA Championship field but, with her tie for 16th at the NCAA Central Regional, she turned in the best ever finish by a Notre Dame golfer in NCAA play.
In 2008-09, Holt led the Irish back to the NCAA Central Regional for the second consecutive year. She did so with the Irish playing a challenging slate of tournaments that included the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. and the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. The Irish were ranked inside the Golfstat top-25 for parts of the season for the second consecutive year and they captured the Heather Farr Memorial Tournament, finishing with a program low score of 858 (-6), besting the previous record by 12 strokes. The Irish combined to post a 303.39 stroke average for the season, a mark that is currently the third best in program history. The Irish finished in the top-five in four of the 11 tournaments on the season and registered 16 top-15 individual showings.
Holt fielded a team that earned four all-BIG EAST accolades. The four all-league members tied a program record, which had also been achieved the previous two seasons under Holt. Huffer claimed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors, while Lisa Maunu claimed medalist honors at the 2009 BIG EAST Championship, Notre Dame's second medalist in as many years at the event.
Fours seasons ago, in Holt's second season with the Irish, Notre Dame won the 2008 BIG EAST title. Holt was named the conference's coach of the year after putting together what turned out to be a record-breaking campaign in many ways. The Irish produced a then school-record 300.47 stroke average and won a program-best five tournaments, including the BIG EAST championship. Three straight wins to open the season signified another program milestone for the Irish. Three golfers combined to win four tournaments on the season and the year was capped with a trip to the NCAA Central Regional in Austin, Texas.
After the record breaking 2007-08 campaign, Park became the program's first All-America honoree as she copped honorable mention All-America accolades from the National Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek magazine. Park won two tournaments on the year and posted a single season-best 73.63 stroke average.
The 2007-08 season commenced with a win at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C. Maunu earned medalist honors by firing a school-record three-round total of 210 (-6). Maunu's first-round six-under par 66 also represented a program record. Notre Dame followed that wins at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup and a win at the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A fourth team victory was achieved in the spring at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz. For the third time that year, Notre Dame swept the hardware as Park captured the individual title.
Holt and the Irish then delivered on one of the team's goals by winning the BIG EAST title by nine shots over two-time defending conference champion Louisville in Batavia, Ohio. Brophy became the first Notre Dame golfer to win the BIG EAST title outright.
In all, the Irish finished in the top-five in nine of the 11 tournaments on the season and registered 20 top-10 individual showings. Notre Dame also reached as high as 12th in the Golfstat rankings during the year. That was the highest ranking ever for the Irish, who had two freshmen and two sophomores in the five-person scoring lineup all season long. Notre Dame garnered the ninth seed in the NCAA Central Regional before finishing 16th.
In her first campaign with the Fighting Irish, Holt's team posted a 305.46 during the 2006-07 season. Holt steered Notre Dame to a runner-up finish at the 2007 BIG EAST Championship. The Irish tied Louisville with a season-best 891 (+27) total during the 54-hole event but Notre Dame fell to the Cardinals by one stroke in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. The Irish tied a program record by placing four student-athletes on the all-BIG EAST Team with the fine performance at the 2007 BIG EAST Championship.
Throughout the season, Notre Dame produced two runner-up finishes, including one at the Lady Irish Invitational. The other second-place finish occurred at Kansas' Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational. The results were even more impressive given the Irish squad featured three freshmen in the five-person scoring lineup during the entire spring semester.
Notre Dame also made history when senior co-captain Noriko Nakazaki became the first team member in program history to qualify for NCAA play as an individual entrant. Nakazaki carded a three-round score of 224 (+11) to place in a tie for 18th at the NCAA Central Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Holt's presence at the head of the Fighting Irish program has also produced big dividends on the recruiting trail. Holt brought in the top recruiting class in program history for the 2007-08 season as Notre Dame's Class of 2011 was comprised of Conway and Park, who were both ranked in the top-25 nationally. Another stellar class that featured Huffer- also a top-25 recruit- and Katie Allare joined the Irish in the fall of 2008. In the fall of 2010, the highly touted duo of Kristina Nhim and Nicole Zhang, joined the lineup. This past season saw highly touted newcomers Armstrong and Kelli Oride join the roster and the incoming duo of Talia Campbell and Lindsey Weaver are among the top junior golfers in the nation for 2011-12.
In addition to their performances on the course, Holt's teams have excelled academically as well. Sixteen times, her players have been named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Golf Team (3.5 grade-point average and play in 66 percent of events). In 2010-11, six of her players earned BIG EAST Academic All-Star honors, bringing her five-year total to 25 BIG EAST Academic All-Star honors while leading the Irish program.
In each of the last three semesters, (spring of 2011, fall of 2011 and spring of 2012) the Notre Dame women's golf team has set University team GPA records among all Irish teams going from 3.638 in the spring of 2011 to 3.776 during the spring of 2012.
Holt came to Notre Dame from the University of South Florida, where she spent 13 successful seasons guiding the Bulls. In her final season, USF joined the BIG EAST Conference and she led the Bulls to a tie for third, along with the Irish, in their inaugural BIG EAST tournament.
"First and foremost, I was attracted by the opportunity to come to what I believe is the best academic and athletic combination that's out there," says Holt on why she decided to come to Notre Dame following a successful run at South Florida.
"The commitment to the golf program with the course and the new indoor facility makes a statement. As a coach you want to know that you have a chance to be successful and you can tell that's how it is at Notre Dame and it's impressive to see that."
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Holt made a return to the Midwest, where she began her college coaching career at Purdue University, beginning in 1990 to 1993.
She took over the USF program in 1993 and led the Bulls to 16 team titles and 17 runner-up finishes, including five of 10 Conference USA Championships. She guided the team and/or individuals to 11 NCAA Regional appearances and trips to the NCAA Championship Finals in 2001 and 2002.
Holt's teams at South Florida won at least one tournament in 10 of her 13 seasons and she was recognized as the Conference USA Coach of the Year in 1996, 1999 and 2001. In the spring of 2005, Holt was named Conference USA Coach of the Decade for women's golf (1995-2005). Under Holt's watch, South Florida players were named to the Conference USA All-Conference Team 23 times. Current LPGA player and South Florida graduate Kelly Lagedrost was named Conference USA Player of the Year in 2001. Former South Florida golfer Christina Jones was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year in 2005.
Prior to college coaching, Holt worked as a club professional in West Palm Beach, Fla., and in Ipswich, Mass. She is a 1988 graduate of Ohio State University, where she played on the women's golf team that won Big Ten Championships in 1985 and 1988 and played in the NCAA Championship those same years.
Holt graduated from Fairmont High School in Kettering, Ohio. She has been a member of the PGA of America since 1992.
Susan married Tim Holt of Kokomo, Ind., in 1993 and they are the parents of two children, Justin and Kristin. Tim, who is also a PGA member, is the current head coach at nearby Holy Cross College.