The Notre Dame women's golf team is spending eight days (Aug. 9-17) enjoying the sights and sounds of Ireland.
Kyle Lynne Demeter is in the midst of her 10th season as the assistant women's golf coach at the University of Notre Dame in 2014-15. Since teaming up with current head coach Susan Holt prior to the 2006-07 season, Demeter has helped the Fighting Irish post the top-seven scoring averages in program history while also leading Notre Dame to seven consecutive NCAA regional appearances and the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history in 2010-11.
In fact, if you take into account her first year as an assistant coach (2005-06), Demeter has been a part of the top-nine scoring averages in the Notre Dame record books (helping to lower the school record for single-season team stroke average by 10 shots since her arrival a decade ago) and mentored 26 all-conference selections, including a pair of honorable mention All-Americans during her tenure under the Golden Dome.
That tradition of success has continued in 2014-15, as the Fighting Irish are on pace for the best single-season stroke average in program history (296.44, as of April 21), more than two full strokes better than the current school record (298.70 in 2012-13). Notre Dame also has placed in the top 10 in all nine tournaments it has played this season, including four top-five finishes (three in a row midway through the year, a first for the program since the fall of 2008) and the title at Michigan State's Mary Fossum Invitational.
In addition, Demeter remains the driving force behind the annual Notre Dame Clover Cup tournament, which was held for the fourth year in March 2015 and is rapidly emerging as one of the top new tournaments on the college golf scene. Played at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, with the considerable support of the Longbow community as well as Visit Mesa (the local convention and visitor's bureau), Demeter remains one of the tournament's annual organizers and coordinates the majority of tournament operations.
In 2013-14, Demeter helped Notre Dame to its seventh straight NCAA regional appearance after a strong performance at their first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. Notre Dame recorded the third-best score on day three of the tournament to put the team in a tie for fifth place with a 905 (+33) total (306-303-296).
A season earlier in 2012-13, Demeter was a part of a Fighting Irish squad that posted the program's top team stroke average (298.70). Notre Dame also claimed its third BIG EAST Championship in a six-year period during its final season in the league. The Fighting Irish qualified for the NCAA East Regional with their automatic bid, and were strong contenders to advance to the NCAA finals through the first two rounds of the event.
Under Demeter's guidance, then-freshman Lindsey Weaver was tabbed the BIG EAST Player and Freshman of the Year and named to the all-BIG EAST team. Ashley Armstrong collected her second straight all-BIG EAST accolade with Talia Campbell joining her after taking co-medalist honors with Weaver at the conference tournament.
Demeter also was instrumental in the recruiting of two of the nation's top junior golfers in Campbell and Weaver for the 2012-13 season.
In 2010-11, Demeter helped lead the Fighting Irish to their first-ever NCAA Championship finals appearance and fourth BIG EAST Championship. Notre Dame posted a stroke average of 299.70, at the time the lowest in program history and also the first time a Fighting Irish squad broke 300 for a single-season stroke average. All five golfers in the regular lineup still rank in the top 20 in stroke average in program history, with So-Hyun Park, Becca Huffer, Nicole Zhang and Kristina Nhim each earning all-BIG EAST honors. The Irish won three regular-season team titles (Mary Fossum Invitational, William K. Warren Irish Invite and John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate), in addition to the BIG EAST Championship.
The 2009-10 campaign marked Notre Dame's third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Central Regional as the Irish put together a team stroke average of 306.60. The team's best finish was a second-place tie in the 12-team field at the Alamo Invitational. There, Annie Brophy earned co-medalist honors to become just the sixth golfer in program history to win multiple individual titles, having already captured medalist honors at the 2008 BIG EAST Championship.
Three of Demeter's players earned All-BIG EAST honors 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.
Known as an excellent recruiter, Demeter has helped the Fighting Irish welcome some of the finest student-athletes in Notre Dame women's golf annals. Most recently, she teamed with Holt to sign a three-player class that will enroll at the University in the fall of 2015, a group that is, by most accounts, the strongest in program history, featuring all three players as consensus top 50 selections by every major junior golf media outlet. In fact, Notre Dame is one of only two schools in the country (along with Georgia) who will have three top-50 signees joining its roster in 2015-16.
One of Demeter's prized recruits, Huffer closed out her brilliant career in 2011-12, finishing with a 75.19 stroke average and parlaying that success into a spot on the Symetra Tour, the top developmental circuit for players aspiring to play on the LPGA Tour. A four-time all-BIG EAST selection, Huffer was a two-time team most valuable player and won the BIG EAST Sports Excellence Award for women's golf as a senior in 2011-12.
Demeter also had a hand in Park's growth, as the South Korea native was a three-time all-BIG EAST selection and earned honorable mention All-America status from Golfweek and the National Golf Coaches Association in 2007-08 under Demeter's tutelage. Park remains among the top 10 in program history for career stroke average (76.12) and single-season stroke average (73.63 in 2007-08), while her second-round 66 at the 2008 Heather Farr Memorial has stood for the better part of a decade as the school record for a single round (since tied twice).
A 2001 graduate of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and a recipient of a Master's of Science and Education degree from Indiana University in May of 2009, Demeter returned to the Notre Dame athletics community when she was hired in August of 2005.
Before her arrival at Notre Dame, Demeter compiled seven years of experience in the golf industry, tracing all the way back to her work at the Notre Dame/Saint Mary's College Golf Camp in 1999 and 2000. The Clarksburg, West Virginia, native also worked at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course as a golf shop assistant during her time at Saint Mary's.
Following her graduation from Saint Mary's College, Demeter worked for nearly one year at Captain's Choice Golf Services Inc. in Orlando, where she served as management/tournament coordinator while also working in sales. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, Demeter was an instructor/counselor at the Stonewall Resort Nike Golf Camp in Roanoke, West Virginia, and also spent time as the assistant golf professional for the Palmer Course at the Stonewall Resort for three years.
Demeter married her husband, Kyle, in the summer of 2013, and the couple resides in South Bend.