Sept. 25, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NORMAN, Okla. - Using a balanced effort, which included a trio of golfers at two-under par and a fourth at even par, the University of Notre Dame women's golf team closed strong to tie for sixth against a challenging field at the 2017 Schooner Fall Classic at the Belmar Golf Club (par 71/6,046 yards).
As a team, Notre Dame carded a final round 278 (294-282-278-854) en route to tying for sixth with the hosts from Oklahoma.
"It was a great team effort again from start to finish," head coach Susan Holt said. "I'm really proud of this performance, especially making the adjustments each round and getting better each day."
The final round 278 (-6) marked the second lowest score in program history, just one stroke off the record of 277 carded in the second round of the 2014 Schooner Classic. The -6 also tied for the their best round in program history in relation to par. The three round total of 854 (+2) also marked the second-lowest three round score in program history and the fourth-best three round score in relation to par.
Following her program record-setting 65 in the second round, Hamilton (76-65-69=210) led the Irish by tying for ninth.
Alabama captured the 2017 Schooner Fall Classic (827), followed by Clemson (848) and Florida (845). On the individual leaderboard, Alabama's Kristen Gillman took medalist honors at -13 (68-68-64=200).
LEADING THE NOTRE DAME LINEUP
"We have so much good golf being played throughout the lineup it's great to see," Holt added. "We can compete with anyone and this tournament proved that."
(I) T75 -- Mia Ayer: 77-78-77=233
STAT OF THE DAY
Freshman Abby Heck shot a career-best 69 in Monday's final round. In six career rounds, she now has a 72.83 stroke average.
- Maddie Rose Hamilton set the program record by shooting a second round 65 (-6). The -6 also tied for the lowest round in program history in relation to par. Previously, So-Hyun Park (2008-09) and Lisa Maunu (2007-08) also carded six-under par scores, both of which were 66's on par 72 courses.
- Notre Dame carded a final round 278 (-6) marked the second lowest score in program history, just one stroke off the record of 277 carded in the second round of the 2014 Schooner Classic.
- The -6 also tied for the their best round in program history in relation to par.
- Notre Dame's three-round total of 854 (+2) also marked the second-lowest three round score in program history and the fourth-best three round score in relation to par.
- Notre Dame's second round 282 tied for the fifth-lowest aggregate score in the Irish women's golf records book.
- Emma Albrecht shot a first round 67 (-4), marking her career-best round. That round is now tied for the sixth-lowest in program history and was matched by Isabella DiLisio in the second round.
- Isabella DiLisio's third round 69 (-2) was her 10th career round in the 60's.
- The Fighting Irish picked up head-to-head wins over Texas A&M, Washington, Miami, UCF, Baylor, Texas State, Mississippi State and Tulsa.
After the Schooner Fall Classic, Notre Dame will travel to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational, hosted by the University of Kentucky. The Irish have not competed in the event since 2009, when they finished third.
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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).