Oct. 4, 1998
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Junior captain Andrea Klee (Appleton, Wis.) posted her third straight team-best finish for the Notre Dame women's golf team by earning a share of 13th place among 90 golfers at the Wolverine Invitational, following final-round action Sunday at the par-73, 5,692-yard University of Michigan Golf Course.
Klee carded a final-round 80 to go along with an 83 in Saturday's morning round (the first-day afternoon round was canceled due to weather). Notre Dame sophomores Mary Klein (89-85) and Shane Smith (88-86) tied for 39th with 174 totals.
The Irish failed to improve on their 10th-place standing in the 13-team field, which included some of the Midwest's top teams, with Notre Dame posting a 339 round on Sunday in the play-six/count-four format for a 687 total. Michigan State (626) won the team title, outdistancing Purdue by 26 strokes, while Kent (679), Toledo (681) and Ohio (682) edged the Irish by eight, six and five strokes, respectively.
Junior Beth Cooper totaled matching rounds of 88 to finish in a tie for 50th, as did sophomore Becca Schloss (87-89), who was competing as an individual entrant. Freshman Kristen McMurtrie (90-89) and junior Brigid Fisher (90-94) rounded out the Irish contingent.
Klee opened the season with a team-best 16th-place showing at the 89-player Michigan State Invitational (236) before leading the Irish with a 27th-place showing at the 88-player Lady Northern Intercollegiate, held at Purdue (246). Klein has finished with the team's second-best score or tied for the second-best score in all three fall tournaments, with a 240 at Michigan State and a 251 at the Lady Northern.
Klee leads the Irish with an 80.63 stroke average through eight rounds, followed by Klein (83.13), Cooper (85.20, five rounds), Smith (85.38), Fisher (83.63), McMurtrie (86.00) and Schloss (86.50). Klee has counted to the team score in all eight rounds, with Klein counting seven times, Fisher six, Smith five, Cooper four and Schloss and McMurtrie three each (includes rounds that tied for fourth on team).
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (36 holes): 1. Michigan State 316-310/626; 2. Purdue 328-324/652; 3. Northwestern 321-334/655; 4. Michigan 330-329/659; 5. Cincinnati 330-333/663; 6. Eastern Michigan 337-339/676; 7. Kent 344-335/679; 8. Toledo 334-347/681; 9. Ohio 340-342/682; 10. Notre Dame 348-339/687; 11. Bowling Green 355-344/699; 12. Xavier 377-363/740; 13. Western Michigan 426-437/863.
TOP INDIVIDUALS (of 90): 1. Kasey Gant (MSU) 74-74/148; 2. Sharon Park (MICH) 76-80/156; 3. Shelley Jonda (CIN) 79-79/158; Emily Bastel (MSU) 80-78/158; 6. Karen England (NW) 78-81/159; 7. Kellie Dennis (MSU) 85-76/161; Stacy Snider (MSU) 78-83/161; 9. Stacey Orschell (PUR) 82-80/162; Jena Harris (CIN) 81-81/162; Stephanie Smoot (EMU) 78-74/152; Emily Gilley (NW) 77-85/162.
NOTRE DAME SCORES: 13. Andrea Klee 83-80/163; 39. Mary Klein 89-85/174; 39. Shane Smith 88-86/174; 50. Beth Cooper 88-88/176; Becca Schloss (ind.) 87-89/176; 59. Kristen McMurtrie 90-89/179; 70. Brigid Fisher 90-94/184.