Sept. 14, 2008
Hanahan, S.C. -
The women's golf team opened the 2008-09 season at the Cougar Classic in Hanahan, S.C. at the Yeamans Hall Golf Club. In the first round of play, the Irish posted a plus-nine team score of 297 at the par 72, 6,159-yard course. With the plus-nine, the Irish enter the second round tied for eighth place. Notre Dame was lead by senior Lisa Maunu (St. Thomas, Ontario/Parkside Collegiate Institute) and freshman Becca Huffer (Denver, Colo./Littleton HS), both of whom carded a one-over 73.
With their one-over par rounds, Maunu and Huffer, who each had three birdies on the day along with teammate Annie Brophy (Spokane, Wash./Gonzaga Prep), are tied for 16th place on the individual leader board. They trail co-leaders Mallory Hetzel of Georgia and Whitney Neuhauser of Virginia by five strokes. As a team, the Irish trail co-leaders Virginia and Georgia by nine strokes.
Notre Dame's other scoring members were juniors Brophy and Kristin Wetzel (Middletown, N.Y./Hilton Head Prep). Brophy shot a plus-three 75, tied for 39th. Wetzel shot a plus-four 76, putting her in a tie for 53rd. Rounding out the Irish contingent was sophomore So-Hyun Park (Seoul, South Korea/Bradenton Prep) who carded a plus-eight 80.
Monday's second round will begin with 7:40 a.m. (ET) tee times. Tuesday's third and final round will commence with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. Live hole-by-hole scoring of the Cougar Classic is available through Golfstat. To access the site go to http://www.golfstatresults.com. Full results will also be posted at www.CofCsports.com. For additional information please log on to und.com.
Cougar Classic (Yeamans Hall Golf Club - Hanahan, S.C. , Par 72, 6,159 Yards)
Team Scores (18-hole totals): t1.Georgia (288), t1. Virginia (288), 3. South Carolina (290), 4. NC State (291), t5. North Carolina (292), t5. Florida State (292), 7. Alabama (293), t8. Notre Dame (297), t8. LSU (297), 10. Coll. of Charleston (300), t11. Wisconsin (301), t11. Furman (301), t13. Tulane (303), t13. Maryland (303), 15. South Florida (304), 16. Mississippi State (305), 17. Mississippi (307), t18. Miami (308), t18. Tennessee (308), 20. Richmond (310), 21. North Carolina Greensboro (315), 22. Charleston Southern (322).
Top-5 Golfers (18-hole totals): t1. Mallory Hetzel (68/Georgia), t1. Whitney Neuhauser (68/Virginia), t3. Julie Saleeby (69/N.C. State), t3. Caroline Westrup (69/Florida State), t5. Katie Burnett (70/South Carolina) t5. Marta Silva (70/Georgia), t5. Benedictine Toumpsin (70/South Carolina).
Notre Dame Scores (18-hole totals): t16 Becca Huffer 73, t16 Lisa Maunu 73, t39 Annie Brophy 75, t53 Kristin Wetzel 76, t87 So-Hyun Park 80.