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    Oct. 12, 1997

    Katie King finished fifth at the Kentucky Invitational.

    King Places Fifth at Kentucky Invitational; Irish Slip to Eighth

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior co-captain Katie King's fifth-place finish was not enough to carry the University of Notre Dame women's golf team in final-round action Sunday at the University of Kentucky Lady Kat Invitational, as the Irish slipped into eighth place among the 18-team field after totaling 321 over the final 18 holes in the play-five/count-four tournament, held at the par-72, 5,886-yard Spring Lake Country Club.

    King--who fired a Notre Dame record 71 in Friday's opening round--carded a 75 on Sunday to finish at 11-over par 227 and in a tie for fifth among the 96-player field, just three shots out of second. King, rebounding from an uncharacteristic 265 effort at last week's Michigan Invitational, posted the third-best 54-hole score in the 10-year history of the Notre Dame women's golf program, behind Alicia Murray's 224 (+11) at the 1993-94 Indiana Invitational and Allison Wojnas' 226 (+13) at the 1991-92 Michigan State Invitational.

    Notre Dame's three-round total of 943 bests the team 54-hole record set at the 1991-92 Michigan State Invitational (949). The Irish finished just a shot behind Arkansas, four shots behind the College of Charleston and eight behind fifth-place Vanderbilt. Penn State used a final-round 299 to vault over four teams into fourth place (922).

    Notre Dame stood tied for second after a school-record 302 in the first round, a score which stood up as the fourth-best of the tournament behind Michigan State's 300 in the first round, PSU's 299 on Sunday and Kentucky's 298 in the second round. The Irish shot 320 on Saturday to slip into a tie with Arkansas for sixth heading into Sunday's action.

    King's 11-over total equals the second-best finish to par in a 54-hole tournament by an Irish women's golfer, with her 10-over 229 at the 1996-97 Illinois State Classic remaining the Notre Dame record. Her record-setting 71 in the opening round equaled the second-best score among the 288 total individual rounds in the tournament. Michigan State's Kasey Gant shot a first-round 69 en route to medalist honors (222) while Purdue's Colleen Cashman shot 71 Friday before finishing in a four-way tie for second (224).

    Notre Dame senior co-captain Tracy Melby slipped to an 82 on Sunday to finish at 236 while sophomore Andrea Klee wrapped up a consistent 79-81-80/240 tournament. Sophomore Beth Cooper again failed to find the formula of her opening-round 75, posting a second straight 84 on Sunday to finish at 243. Freshman Mary Klein's final-round 84 yielded a 249 total.

    Sunday's results leave King and Melby tied atop Notre Dame's career stroke average charts. Both players have played 78 career rounds and totaled 6,397 strokes for an 82.01 stroke average over the course of 31 career tournaments, well ahead of the existing Irish record (83.11, by Kathy Phares from 1989-93). King entered the 1997-98 season 10 shots ahead of Melby but finished one shot behind her fellow Irish co-captain at the season-opening Michigan State Intercollegiate before finishing 18 shots behind Melby at Michigan.

    King has led the Irish in 12 career tournaments, second in the program's history behind Phares (17) and one better than Melby and Crissy Klein (1990-94). King has counted to Notre Dame's team score in 67 career rounds, moving past Phares (66) into third place all-time at Notre Dame behind sisters Julie (71, 1992-96) and Tracy Melby (70). King's percentage of rounds counted (.858) ranks fourth in Irish history behind Phares (.971), Tracy Melby (.897) and Wojnas (.881).

    King's fifth-place finish is the second best of her career, behind a runner-up showing at the Illinois State Classic in the fall of 1996.

    Melby leads Notre Dame with an 80.33 stroke average over nine rounds in the fall of 1997, followed by Klee (80.89), King (81.44), Cooper (82.89) and Klein (84.22).



        
    FINAL TEAM RESULTS (54 holes): 
    1.  Kentucky 303-298-311/912;  
    2.  Purdue 302-306-309/917;  
    3.  Michigan State 300-309-312/921;  
    4.  Penn State 307-316-299/922;  
    5.  Vanderbilt 304-313-318/935;  
    6.  College of Charleston 312-308-319/939; 
    7.  Arkansas 312-310-320/942;  
    8.  Notre Dame 302-320-321/943;  
    9.  Appalachian State 314-325-314/953;  
    10. Michigan 308-321-325/954;  
    11. Illinois State 313-319-325/957;  
    12. Southern Illinois 316-320-322/958;  
    13. Illinois 313-319-325/957;  
    14. Murray State 316-323-325/964;  
    15. Western Kentucky 321-325-320/976;  
    16. Florida Southern 325-326-329/980;  
    17. Cincinnati 329-326-337/992;  
    18. Eastern Kentucky 331-329-338/998.
    
    TOP INDIVIDUALS (of 90): 
    1. Kasey Gant, MSU, 69-77-76/222;  
    2. Suzanne Walker, ISU, 73-76-75/224;  
    3. Colleen Cashman, PUR, 71-78-75/224;  
    5. Katie King, Notre Dame 71-81-75/227;  
    7. Heather Kraus, KEN, 78-76-74/228;  
    Megan Schumaker, MSU, 75-76-77/228;  
    Lisa Francisco, PSU, 74-81-73/228.
    
    OTHER NOTRE DAME SCORES:  
    29. Tracy Melby 77-77-82/236;  
    46. Andrea Klee 79-81-80/240;  
    55. Beth Cooper 75-84-84/243; 
    70. Mary Klein 84-81-84/249.
    

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