The Notre Dame women's golf team is spending eight days (Aug. 9-17) enjoying the sights and sounds of Ireland.
Kyle Lynne Demeter completed her ninth season as the assistant women's golf coach at the University of Notre Dame with the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign. Since teaming up with current head coach Susan Holt prior to the 2006-07 season, Demeter has helped the Fighting Irish post the top-six scoring averages in program history while also leading the Irish to six consecutive NCAA Regional appearances and the NCAA Championships for the first time in the program's 25-year history in 2010-11. In fact, if you take into account her first year as an Irish assistant coach, the 2005-06 season, Demeter has been a part of the top-eight scoring averages in program history.
A 2001 graduate from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., 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 community when she was hired in August of 2005.
This past season, Demeter helped the Irish to their 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).
The talented assistant also organized the annual Notre Dame Clover Cup Tournament for the third consecutive year. The tournament was played at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., this past March. She served as one of the tournament's organizers and oversaw the majority of the tournament operations.
In 2013, Demeter saw the Irish finish the year with the program's top team stroke average (298.70). Notre Dame claimed its third BIG EAST Championship in the last six years. Notre Dame reached the NCAA East Regionals at Auburn with its automatic bid, giving the Irish six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament since 2008.
Under Demeter's guidance, then-freshman Lindsey Weaver was tabbed the BIG EAST Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and named to the all-BIG EAST team. Ashley Armstrong collected her second-straight all-BIG EAST accolade with fresh-man 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.
The talented assistant also prolonged her dedication to organizing the second annual Notre Dame Clover Cup Tournament that was played at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., this past March. She served as one of the tournament's organizers and oversaw the majority of the tournament operations.
In 2010-11, Demeter helped lead the Irish to their first-ever NCAA Championship appearance and fourth BIG EAST Championship. Notre Dame posted a stroke average of 299.53, the lowest in program history. All five golfers in the regular lineup currently rank in the top-10 in stroke average in program history. So-Hyun Park, Becca Huffer, Nicole Zhang and Kristina Nhim each received 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. Demeter also helped secure a recruiting class for 2011-12 that included Armstrong and Kelli Oride.
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 sixth best mark in program history. 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. In her eighth season with the Irish, Demeter has seen nine of her players combine to win 26 all-BIG EAST honors.
Known as an excellent recruiter, Demeter has helped the Irish welcome the top recruits in program history during her eight years at Notre Dame. Holt and Demeter brought in Notre Dame's top rated recruiting class at the start of the 2007-08 season as the 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 Zhang and Nhim joined the Irish. Zhang was another top-25 recruit who qualified for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, becoming the first member of the Fighting Irish women's golf family to play in the premier event. Nhim was a top-50 recruit who matched Zhang by achieving All-BIG EAST honors as rookies. The 2011-12 class includes Oride and Armstrong, who became key players in their freshman years with Armstrong taking BIG EAST rookie of the year honors.
One of Demeter's prized recruits, Huffer, closed out her brilliant career in 2011-12, finishing with a 75.19 stroke average in 129 career rounds, the second lowest total in Notre Dame history and the lowest for any golfer with over 100 career rounds. In four seasons, Huffer saw 123 of her 129 career rounds counted to team scoring, including a 30-for-30 mark in 2009-10. 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 in her senior year of 2011-12.
During the 2008-09 season, the Irish combined to post three of the five lowest rounds in school history and four of the top-eight tournament totals in program history. Notre Dame also captured the Heather Farr Memorial Tournament, finishing with a program low score of 858 (-6), besting the previous mark by 12 strokes. The Irish combined to post a 303.39 stroke average for the season, the second-best mark in program history.
The Irish opened the 2007-08 season with a win at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C. Lisa 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 would go on to win three consecutive tournaments and added a fourth in the spring. They capped the year by winning the BIG EAST title by nine shots over two-time defending conference champion Louisville in Batavia, Ohio. Brophy became the first golfer in program history to win the BIG EAST title outright. Brophy and three of her teammates garnered all-conference accolades.
Notre Dame finished in the top-five in nine of the 11 tournaments on the 2007-08 season and registered 20 top-10 individual showings. The Fighting Irish were also ranked 12th in the Golfstat rankings during the fall. 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.
Demeter was an instrumental part in the transition to new coach Susan Holt in August of 2006. She coached the team in its first event of the fall season, while Holt was still with her former team at the University of South Florida.
For the year, the Irish posted impressive numbers, including a then-program-record 305.46 stroke average for the entire 2006-07 campaign.
Notre Dame tied a program record by placing four student-athletes on the all-BIG EAST Team after a fine performance at the 2007 BIG EAST Championship. The Irish were tied with Louisville following the 54-hole event with a season-best 891 (+27) total, but Notre Dame fell by one stroke in the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to the Cardinals.
Notre Dame produced two runner-up finishes at the Lady Irish Invitational and Kansas' Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational. Senior co-captain Noriko Nakazaki became the first team member in program history to qualify for NCAA play as an individual entrant.
In her first season as a Notre Dame assistant, Demeter helped guide the Fighting Irish to a then school record 306.66 scoring average. The Irish had seven top-five finishes, including a win at the Notre Dame Invitational.
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 Nike Golf Camp in 1999 and 2000. The Clarksburg, W. Va., 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, Fla., where she served as management/tournament coordinator while also working in sales. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, Demeter served as an instructor/counselor at the Stonewall Resort Nike Golf Camp in Roanoke, W. Va. Prior to her arrival at Notre Dame, she worked at the Palmer Course at the Stonewall Resort as the assistant golf professional for three years.
Demeter married her husband, Kyle, in the summer of 2013, and the couple resides in South Bend.