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    Karen Lotta  
    Karen Lotta

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Los Angeles, CA

    High School:
    Marymount

    Height:
    5-2

    Birthdate:
    10/23/1983

    Experience:
    3V


    Two-time all-BIG EAST selection who has been a major contributor in Notre Dame's rise to prominence the past three years ... will be most experienced player on Irish roster in 2004-05 with 30 tournaments and 82 competitive rounds to her credit ... tied for eighth in school history with 58 rounds counting toward team scoring ... gets outstanding distance off the tee and has an excellent short game ... continues to dedicate herself to practicing and becoming a better golfer ... is a determined player on the golf course ... currently owns the fourth-best career stroke average in school history with a 79.79 mark ... has turned in five top-five and eight top-10 finishes during her career.

    AS A JUNIOR: Competed in 10 events, nine of them as a member of the starting five ... posted a 79.10 stroke average, which was fourth-best on the team and just off the best season mark of her career (78.95 in 2001-02) ... started the fall schedule by finishing tied for 48th at the Cougar Classic with a 237 (78-80-79) ... made her second appearance of the season at the Notre Dame Invitational where she struggled and finished with a 54-hole mark of 257 (84-85-88) ... came back strong in her next tournament, the adidas Fall Invitational, by carding rounds of 76, 77 and 75 as an individual entrant for a (then) career-low 54-hole score of 228 ... finished the fall in outstanding fashion at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island, S.C. ... helped Irish win the 18-team tourney by firing rounds of 78, 75 and 72 for a career-best 54-hole total of 225, which placed her tied for ninth ... third-round 72 matched the best round of her Notre Dame career, which she also shot at the 2002 Notre Dame Invitational ... opened spring by tying for 26th place at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic, carding a 24-over par 240 (78-84-78) ... finished second on team (tie-45th overall) at Baylor/Tapatio Springs Shootout with a 23-over par 239 (81-81-77) ... wound up in 17th-place tie at IU Women's Invitational, registering a 13-over 235 (80-76-79) ... placed second on team for third straight tournament (27th overall) at Lady Boilermaker Invitational, firing a 22-over par 238 (76-81-81) ... picked up all-conference laurels for second consecutive year with seventh-place finish at BIG EAST Championship ... notched a 13-over par 229 (81-72-76), her best mark of the spring, that included a career-low-tying 72 ... helped Irish to second conference title in as many seasons.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Earned all-BIG EAST honors ... finished the 2002-03 season with an 81.03 stroke average ... played in 11 of the Irish's 12 tournaments ... had 19 of 25 rounds count toward the team's score ... played in two other tournaments (six rounds) as an individual participant ... one of three golfers to play in all six spring events ... did not fair well in the first tournament of the spring, turning in a 248 (81-84-83) at the Edwin Watts/Carolinas Classic ... rebounded with a good showing at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational as she shot a pair of 78's for a 12-over par total of 156, which put her in a 25th-place tie ... had an identical 25th-place finish at the Snowbird Invitational after carding a 36-hole total of 158 (84-74) ... struggled as an individual participant at the Baylor/Tapito Springs Shootout, shooting 253 (82-86-85) ... shot 251 (84-78-89) at the Indiana Invitational ... ended the season on a high note by turning in best performance of the spring to help Notre Dame win the inaugural BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship, firing rounds of 75, 79 and 89 for a 54-hole total of 243 ... achieved all-BIG EAST honors by finishing fifth at the BIG EAST tournament, the fifth top-five performance of her career ... was fourth on the team at the end of the fall with an 80.20 average in 15 rounds of play ... started the fall slowly by tying for 54th at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 247 (80-84-83) ... cut 15 strokes off that score the following week when playing as an individual entry at the Notre Dame Invitational, shooting a 54-hole total of 232 (81-79-72) ... third-round 72 is the best round of her Notre Dame career ... picked up fourth top-five performance of her career with third-place tie at the Notre Dame Invitational ... tied for 55th at the Shootout at the Legends with a 237 (80-74-83) ... shot the then-lowest 54-hole total of her career to tie for 20th at Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, firing a 15-over par 231 with three consecutive 77's ... had a tough tournament at the adidas Fall Invitational, finishing 57th with a 256 (85-86-85) for her final action of the fall.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Had her best season at Notre Dame as a rookie, setting a (then) school record for the lowest average with a 78.95 mark in nine tournaments covering 21 rounds ... had 19 of 21 rounds (90.4%) count to team scoring ... had four top-10 finishes on the year ... selected team MVP ... was Notre Dame's top golfer in four of five spring tournaments ... got off to a fast start in the spring as she tied for ninth (in a 71-player field) at the Islander Spring Invitational in Corpus Christi, Texas ... fired a 54-hole total of 239 (84-80-75) ... led Irish and tied for fifth in helping team to a second-place finish at the Snowbird Invitational with a six-over par 150 (77-73) ... tied for 28th at the Indiana Invitational with a 240 (78-84-78) ... closed the spring with an 11th-place finish at the Buckeye Invitational where she shot a 36-hole total 153 (75-78) ... started her Notre Dame career by tying for fifth at the Notre Dame Invitational, helping the Irish to a fourth-place finish ... shot a 54-hole total of 243 (85-79-79) ... tied for 66th at the Legends of Indiana Invitational with a 21-over par 237 (76-84-77) ... shot an 86 at the rain-shortened Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational at the University of Kansas ... closed the fall with a third-place finish (in a field of 71) at the Islander Fall Classic at Corpus Christi, Texas, with a 237 (78-80-74) ... final round 74 was best single round of the fall for Notre Dame.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Played golf, soccer, softball and tennis during her career at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, Calif. ... lettered in golf (first year of program at Marymount) as a senior where she was team captain, team MVP and an all-conference selection ... was the CIF Southern Section Champion (in a field of 122) as a senior ... four-time team MVP and all-conference choice as a shortstop in softball ... two-time second-team all-league selection in tennis during sophomore and junior years ... excelled as a junior golfer with 11 top-10 finishes and four tournament titles during her final year of high school in 2000-01 ... born Oct. 23, 1983, in Los Angeles, Calif. ... daughter of James and Lynne Lotta ... full name is Karen Anne Lotta ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in marketing.

    Lotta's Career Statistics

    YearTourn.Rds/Tm Rds(Count)StrokesAvg.Top RdTop 36Top 54
    2001-02921/21(19)1,65878.9573(+1)150(+6)232(+19)
    2002-031131/25(19)2,51281.0372(E)156(+12)231(+15)
    2003-041030/27(20)2,37379.1072(E)-----225(+9)
    Career3082/73(58)6,54379.7972(E)150(+6)225(+9)

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