May 8, 2017
By Dan Colleran
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Notre Dame women’s golfer Emma Albrecht shot an opening-round, three-over par 75 at the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional on Monday at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course (Par 72/6,416 Yards). After one round of play, the sophomore is tied for 12th.
Albrecht hit the shot of the day on the par-4 11th hole, which was her second hole of the day, when she holed out from 180 yards with a hybrid for the day’s only eagle.
On a sunny but windy day, Albrecht also birdied the par-4 first hole and carded 10 pars on the round. She will enter round two one shot out of a tie for seventh.
Tuesday’s second round will begin at 7:30 a.m. with Albrecht’s tee time slated for 8:15 a.m. (round one’s tee times were pushed back 90 minutes due to a frost delay). Live scoring will be available via Golfstat.
From each 2017 NCAA Regional, the lowest scoring six teams and the lowest scoring three individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship, May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois University at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Albrecht is the second player in program history to make the NCAA Championship field as an individual entrant, joining Noriko Nakazaki, who played in the 2007 NCAA Central Regional in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Notre Dame women’s golf team has either made an NCAA Regional as a team or sent an individual entrant in each of the past 11 seasons.
Albrecht tied for 17th at the 2017 ACC Championship at the Reserve Golf Club Pawleys Island, which concluded play on April 15 in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. She finished the tournament at three-over par (74-72-73-219) and led the 60-player field with 43 pars over the three rounds of play.
Albrecht carried a 73.44 stroke average into NCAA play. She played all of Notre Dame’s nine events in 2016-17 and was the top Fighting Irish finisher five times.
Albrecht opened the season by firing a two-under par 211 (69-73-69) to tie for 10th at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Oklahoma (Sept. 24-26). During five second-semester tournaments, Albrecht lowered her stroke average to 72.8 and was Notre Dame’s top finisher four times.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men’s hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College (’06 & ’08G).