Oct. 25, 1997
Irish Women's Golf Surges to Second at Bonita Bay
NAPLES, Fla. - Freshman Becca Schloss (Bloomsburg, Pa.) made the most of her first official college golf tournament by finishing in sixth place Saturday at the Notre Dame Invitational, held at the par-72, 5,820-yard Bonita Bay Country Club.
Schloss--who competed as an individual in two earlier tournaments this fall--carded rounds of 84 and 80 on Friday before posting a 79 on Saturday for a team-best total of 243.
Notre Dame shot a final-round 312--the fourth-best round in the program's 10-year history--to make up eight shots and finish in a tie for second with Rollins College, at 976. The Irish totaled rounds of 339 and 325 on Friday in the play-six/count-four format and used Saturday's strong finish to edge past regional rival Michigan State by seven shots (331-329-323/983).
Florida Southern used rounds of 325-325-307 to claim the team title in the six-team tournament, outdistancing Notre Dame and Rollins by 19 shots.
Notre Dame sophomore Andrea Klee concluded a stellar showing in the fall season by tying for eighth with a three-round total of 244 (85-81-78).
Irish senior co-captains Katie King (86-85-76) and Tracy Melby (84-81-82) finished tied for 11th at 247 to remain tied atop the Notre Dame career stroke average list. King and Melby both have totaled 6,644 career strokes over the course of 81 rounds for a career average of 82.03 strokes per round, well ahead of the existing Irish record held by Kathy Phares (83.11, 1990-93).
King's round of 76 was bettered just twice among the 37 individuals during the 54-hole tournament. Medalist Shanna Nagy of Florida Southern shot a 75 in the final round, as did co-runner-up Shruti Khanna of Rollins.
Notre Dame closes its fall season with the following stroke averages over the course of four tournaments (12 rounds): Melby 80.83, Klee 81.00, King 81.67, Cooper 82.92 and Klein 85.25. Schloss averaged 83.22 strokes over nine rounds (six while competing as an individual).
Klee has shaved nearly seven strokes off her 1996-97 stroke average (87.60) while Cooper has improved nearly two strokes on her freshman year average of 84.74.
Melby counted to the Irish score in the first two rounds, moving her past her sister Julie (1992-96) atop the Notre Dame career rounds counted list, with 72. King has counted to Notre Dame's team score in 71 career rounds, tying her with Julie Melby.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS (54 holes): 1. Florida Southern 325-325-307/957 2. Notre Dame 339-325-312/976 2t. Rollins College 337-319-320/976 4. Michigan State 331-329-323/983 5. Lynn University 340-327-332/999 6. Florida Atlantic 356-356-341/1053 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (of 37): 1. Shanna Nogy, FS, 80-78-75/233 2. Kelly Sheehan, FS, 77-80-77/234 2t Shruti Khanna, RC, 83-76-75/234 4. Megan Schumaker, MSU, 78-79-78/235 5. Kasey Gant, MSU, 82-77-79/238 6. Becca Schloss, ND, 84-80-79/243 9. Gioin Tanto, LYNN, 82-81-81/244 10. Kathy Cypherd, RC, 83-80-83/246 OTHER NOTRE DAME SCORES: Andrea Klee 85-81-78/244 Tracy Melby 84-81-82/247 Katie King 86-85-76/247 Beth Cooper 87-83-79/249 Mary Klein 87-86-85/258 Kristin Schaner 88-91-89/268 Brigid Fisher 86-87-91/264