Oct. 6, 2017
By Megan Golden
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Notre Dame women's golf team wrapped up the first 18 holes of the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational in control of first place in a competitive field on Friday. The Irish played their best golf late, using a pair of two-under par outings to slide past Kentucky and Penn State in the standings at University Club of Kentucky's Big Blue Course (par 72, 6,221 yards).
Notre Dame shot 284 (-4) in the first round and owns the top spot in the tournament standings, ahead of host Kentucky (2nd, 288) and Penn State (3rd, 290). Wisconsin (4th, 293) and Illinois (5th, 295) round out the top five.
Leading the Notre Dame Lineup
Hamilton and Albrecht lead the Irish lineup after carding a 70 (-2) on the first 18 holes. The duo stands tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard.
Hamilton, a Louisville, Ky., native, recorded three consecutive birdies on holes 13-15 to help the Irish to a four-under par first-round finish.
Rounding out the Notre Dame lineup were Isabella DiLisio's 72 (E), Abby Heck's 72 (E) and Alison Snakard's 82 (+10).
T4 -- Emma Albrecht: 70
T4 -- Maddie Rose Hamilton: 70
T12 -- Isabella DiLisio: 72
T12 -- Abby Heck: 72
T84 -- Alison Snakard: 82
I -- Mia Ayer: 81
Stat of the Day
Emma Albrecht tied with Bing Singhsumalee of Illinois for the most pars (16) in the 96-golfer field.
- Notre Dame owns the top spot on the leaderboard after one round of play for the first time this season.
The Irish return to action on Saturday, when they compete on the second day of the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational. Due to forecasted inclement weather, teams will play 36 holes on Saturday, beginning the second round with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. ET. The final round of 18 holes will immediately follow the second round.
Megan Golden, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since August of 2016. In her role, she coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's soccer and cross country/track and field programs. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Golden is a 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College and former Irish women's basketball manager. Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, she worked in public relations with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.