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    Noriko Nakazaki  
    Noriko Nakazaki

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Hanover Park, IL

    High School:
    Hoffman Estates

    Height:
    5-6

    Birthdate:
    09/09/1984

    Experience:
    1V


    Leaves Notre Dame as the most accomplished golfer in program history ... her 75.80 career stroke average is tops in Fighting Irish history ... she also owns the top three single-season stroke averages, including the program record of 74.71 during her senior season ... a three-time recipient of the Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP award ... she won the award during her freshman, junior and senior seasons ... as a senior she became the first golfer in program history to qualify for NCAA play as an individual entrant ... an enormous talent who broke records literally since day one at Notre Dame ... set a (then) school record in her first collegiate round, firing a 69 at the Cougar Classic for the lowest round in the program's history ... shot a school-record one-under par 215 at the Lady Northern Invitational in the fall of 2005 ... four-time all-BIG EAST member ... played in every tournament during her four-year career ... led the Irish in a school record eight tournaments as a freshman and senior ... posted top-team score at the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005 ... had a school-record 23 career team-leading tournament efforts ... tied with Katie Brophy for most rounds counted in a single season with 33 (out of 36) ... has had 121 of a possible 128 rounds counted towards the team score ... played in 131 rounds spanning 45 events ... captured first collegiate medalist finish her sophomore year at the Indiana Invitational ... collected co-medalist honors at the 2005 Notre Dame Invitational ... has five runner-up finishes (Cougar Classic '03, St. Croix Collegiate Classic '05, Lady Jaguar Invitational `05, BIG EAST '06, Indiana Invitational '07) and three third-place finishes (Mary Fossum '03, BIG EAST '04, Lady Northern Invitational `05) on her Notre Dame resume ... second-lowest 36-hole tournament score in Irish history with a one-over par 145 at the TaylorMade Aztec Fall Classic during the 2006-07 campaign ... has 12 top-five finishes to go along with 14 rounds of 71 or lower in her Fighting Irish career ... a four-time monogram winner.

    AS A SENIOR: Became the first golfer in program history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament as an individual entrant ... copped all-BIG EAST accolades for the fourth time ... received the Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP award for the third time in her career ... led the Irish with a school-record single-season stroke average of 74.71 ... had all 28 team rounds scored ... led the team in eight of 10 events ... registered a team-best six top-10 finishes ... top round of 70 (-2) came at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate ... shot a season-best 54-hole total of 219 (+3) on two occasions, at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate and at the BIG EAST Championship ... led the team with six rounds at or under par ... opened the season by tying for 14th place at the Cougar Classic with a four-over par 220 (76-72-72) total ... led Notre Dame to a runner-up finish at the Lady Irish Invitational as she tied for eighth with a 230 (74-76-80) ... helped the Irish to another second-place finish at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational by shooting a 235 (81-80-74) to tie for 19th ... registered her top finish of the fall season at the TaylorMade Aztec Fall Classic by placing in a tie for fifth overall with a one-over par 145 (71-74) for the 36-hole tournament ... her total was one shot off the school record for a two-round event ... shot a semester-best three-round score of 219 (+3, 73-76-70) at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate to tie for sixth ... began the spring season with a 230 (75-75-80) to tie for 30th at the Central District Classic ... carded an eight-over par 224 (75-73-76) at the UNLV Spring Invitational to tie for 44th ... posted a seven-over par 223 (75-75-73) at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational to tie for sixth ... registered her top finish and eighth team-leading effort of the season at the Indiana Invitational as she carded a three-over par 147 (75-72) to tie for second at the 36-hole event ... at the BIG EAST Championship, she placed fifth with a season-best tying three-over par 219 (73-74-72) to earn all-conference honors and help the Irish to a runner-up finish ... fired an 11-over par 224 (72-73-79) at the NCAA Central Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. ... that is the top score for any Notre Dame female golfer in NCAA competition and it placed her in a tie for 18th out of the 107-golfer field ... she missed the cut to make the NCAA Championship Finals by six strokes ... earned a monogram.

    AS A JUNIOR: Earned all-BIG EAST honors for the third straight season ... received the Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP award ... played in all 10 events as a part of the scoring lineup for the Irish ... led the team with a (then) program-record 75.41 stroke average ... that eclipsed her old school record of 76.33, which she attained during her freshman season in 2003-04 ... was the team's top finisher in five of 10 events ... had 28 of her 29 total rounds count towards the team's score ... led the Irish with four rounds under par ... also had three rounds at even-par ... fired her top round of the season, a two-under par 70, at the Lady Northern Invitational ... had a stellar fall campaign, playing in all six events in the Fighting Irish lineup ... led the team with a 76.00 stroke-average in 17 rounds of play during the first semester ... national co-leader in birdies with 49 during the fall campaign ... posted a school-record 54-hole tournament score with a one-under par 215 (70-74-71) at the Lady Northern Invitational ... placed third in that event ... first round total of 70 (-2) tied a team-low mark for the semester ... opened the season with a co-medalist finish at the Notre Dame Invitational by firing a seven-over par 223 (72-73-78) to lead Notre Dame to the team title ... registered a 13-over par 229 (82-73-74) at the Shoot-Out at The Legends to tie for 35th overall ... recorded second top-10 finish of the semester at the Tyson/Embassy Suites Invitational by placing ninth with a seven-over par 223 (75-73-75) to help the Irish to a second-place finish ... shot an eight-over par 224 (72-75-77) at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown to tie for 38th ... notched another team-leading effort at the season finale Lady Jaguar Invitational with a three-over par 147 (74-73), which was good for second, at the 36-hole event ... opened the spring season with an 18-over par 234 (75-79-80) at the Central District Invitational ... that tied her for 36th ... carded a 251 (82-82-87) to tie for 69th at Texas A&M's Mo-Morial ... paced the team with an eight-over par 221 (74-71-76) to finish seventh at the Donnis Thompson Invitational ... recorded her top score of the spring at the BIG EAST Championship by carding rounds of 71, 78 and 71 to finish in second-place and garner all-BIG EAST honors with a four-over par 220 total ... earned a monogram.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: All-BIG EAST performer for the second straight season ... one of two Irish golfers to compete in all 13 events, the other being Katie Brophy ... second on the squad with a 76.54 scoring average ... had 32 of her 35 (91%) rounds count towards the team score, which was a team-high mark ... began her sophomore season much as she ended her rookie campaign with a solid performance at the season-opening Notre Dame Invitational ... placed seventh after shooting an 11-over par 227 (77-77-73) ... fired scores of 74, 77 and 78 for a 229 total at the Lady Northern Invitational as she finished in a tie for 26th overall ... top showing of the fall came at the Jeannine McHaney Invitational/Central Regional Preview, where her 36-hole total was a five-over par 149 (75-74) to place in a tie for 10th for the Irish, who took home the team crown ... had trouble in the opening round of the Shoot-Out at The Legends as she carded an 84, but would settle down to post rounds of 73 and 72 for a 54-hole total of 229 to place 13th in the Irish victory ... shot back-to-back 78's in the opening 36 holes of the Lady Razorback Invitational before ending with a 77 and a 233 total, which placed her in a tie at 22nd ... concluded the fall campaign just as she started it, with a 227 ... the final tally came at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate as she racked up rounds of 75, 78 and 74, which was good for a tie for 34th ... began the spring with a 16-over par total of 232 (78-75-79) to place in a tie for 41st at the Central District Classic in Parrish, Fla. ... runner-up at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic by registering rounds of 79, 79 and 71 for a final score of 229 (+13) to help the Irish to the team title ... won first collegiate event by taking home the Indiana Invitational crown, making it a clean sweep for the Irish, who also won the team championship ... at that event, she carded 36-hole total of 146 (71-75), which was two-over par ... tied for 45th at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational with a 21-over par 237 (79-75-83) ... season-best 54-hole total occurred at the Lady Buckeye Invitational as she posted a 226 (80-70-76), which included a season-low round of 70, to claim a tie for 11th ... shot an 85 (+13) in the only round played at the BIG EAST Championship to tie for sixth and earn a spot on the all-BIG EAST squad ... team-leading effort at the NCAA Central Regional as she carded rounds of 75, 80 and 75 to finish tied for 37th out of the 107-golfer field with a 230 (+14) total.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Had an amazing rookie campaign ... received the Notre Dame Monogram Club Team MVP award ... earned all-BIG EAST honors by placing third at the conference tournament ... one of two players (Katie Brophy) to compete in all 12 of Notre Dame's season tournaments and was the team's top finisher in a record-setting eight events ... led the team with a stroke average of 76.33, a (then) Notre Dame record for a complete season ... earned top-10 finishes in first four collegiate tournaments ... had 33 of 36 rounds count toward team scoring ... the 33 counted rounds tied an Irish mark ... contributed to the squad immediately, leading the Irish to a win at the Cougar Classic by carding scores of 69, 72 and 76 to take second place (out of 90 golfers) with a one-over par 217 ... both her first-round score and 54-hole total set Notre Dame program lows ... was the top Irish golfer at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tying for third with a 54-hole mark of 225 (76-73-76) ... helped the Irish win their home tournament after tying for ninth at the Notre Dame Invitational with a 237 (75-81-81) ... set the second-best 54-hole score in school history at the Shoot-Out at The Legends, firing a two-over par 218 (73-74-71), which was good for seventh place ... was the top Irish golfer for the fourth time during the fall campaign at the adidas Fall Invitational, shooting rounds of 75, 74 and 75 for a 224 total ... ended outstanding fall season by turning in a 227 (75-80-72) at the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate ... she could never quite match the brilliant play that she demonstrated in her first semester during the spring season due to inconsistencies in her play ... began the spring on a rough note as she shot her highest total of the season with a 240 (87-79-74) at the St. Croix Collegiate Classic to tie for 26th ... started out the next event hot with a one-under par 71 at the Baylor/Tapatio Shootout before posting 18-hole totals of 80 and 81 to finish with a 232 to tie for 15th ... it was the same story at the Indiana Invitational as she carded a 73 to open up the event and followed that score with an 84 and 81 to place in a tie at 27th with a 238 total ... gained a little more consistency with a 235 (75-81-79) at the Lady Boilermaker Invitational ... put together her best showing of the spring slate at the BIG EAST Championship as she led the Irish to their second straight title by posting a six-over par 222 (75-70-77) to place third ... top scorer on the team at the NCAAs as she fired a 233 (80-74-79) to finish tied for 36th overall.

    PREP & PERSONAL: Played golf at Hoffman Estates High School in Hanover Park, Ill. ... four-time letterwinner in golf, serving as the team's captain as a senior ... an all-conference selection and team MVP in each of her four high-school seasons ... also an outstanding student ... fired rounds of 78 and 80 at the 2005 USGA U.S. Women's Amateur, which was played at the par-72 Settindown Creek Course of Ansley Golf Club ... began the summer of 2005 by placing first at the FIDRA Collegiate Tour event with a two round total of 148 ... followed that up with a second-place showing at another FIDRA Collegiate Tour tournament by posting a 36-hole total of 149 ... at the WWGA 105th National Amateur Championship, she made it to the quarterfinals with rounds of 74 and 77 at Purdue's Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind. ... won her second FIDRA Collegiate Tour event of the summer as she carded rounds of 75 and 73 ... was honored in 2002 by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) as she was one of 10 women's golfers named to the AJGA's Scholastic All-American team ... placed third at the 2003 AJGA Midwest Junior Player Championship with a 221 (71-75-75) ... finished second at the 2002 Illinois State High School Championship, losing in a playoff after shooting a seven-over par 153 (76-77) at the Illinois State University golf course ... finished second at the 2002 AJGA Golfweek Chicago Junior with a 54-hole total of 222 (78-72-72) ... finished in a tie for 13th at the Duramed Futures Tour 2007 Qualifying Tournament in Lakeland, Fla. in November of 2006 ... she played as an amateur in the professional event and fired a four-over par, 72-hole total of 292 (74-70-75-73) ... the finish gave her an exemption for other Futures Tour events ... born September 9, 1984, in Florence, Ky. ... daughter of Isamu and Ritsuko Nakazaki ... has two older brothers ... a BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... graduated in May 2007 from the Mendoza College of Business with a finance degree and a 3.424 cumulative grade-point average.

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