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    March 13, 1998

    King's Third Top-5 Finish of 1997-98 Leads Irish Women to 8th at Snowbird

    TAMPA, Fla. - Senior Katie King continued her stellar play with a fourth-place finish while leading the Notre Dame women's golf team to eighth place Friday among a 20-team field at the 12th annual Snowbird Intercollegiate, held at Pebblecreek Country Club.

    King's six-over 150 landed her alone in fourth place among the 119-player field, just two shots behind co-medalists Tracey Gage (Methodist College) and Shannon Nagy (Florida Southern). King shot a first-round 78 on Thursday before firing even par on Friday, representing the best individual round of the 232 carded in the two-day tournament. King's 150 total is second-best in Irish history, trailing only her five-over 149 at the recent Midwest Classic.

    Notre Dame stood in ninth place after an opening-round 326 before posting a 313 to slip past James Madison by seven shots. The Irish finished just one stroke behind Rollins College and four behind Longwood College.

    Freshman Mary Klein helped the Irish second-round surge, improving from an opening 83 to card a 76 on Friday and finish tied for 21st. Klein's final round and 36-hole total (159) were season-best efforts for the Kokomo, Ind. native.

    Sophomore Andrea Klee continued her solid play, carding matching rounds of 81. Freshman Becca Schloss also counted to the team score in both rounds (84-84) while senior Tracy Melby turned in an uncharacteristic 87-84.

    Freshman Danielle Villarosa had solid rounds of 84-79 while competing as an individual and sophomore Beth Cooper struggled with rounds of 85-86, also as an individual.

    Notre Dame's 639 stands as the seventh-best 36-hole total in team history. King's 72 gives her the three best rounds in Irish women's golf history, as she carded a one-under 72 at last year's Illinois State Fall Classic and a one-under 71 at last fall's Kentucky Invitational.

    King's showing represents her third top-five finish of the season and fourth of her career--tied with Kathy Phares (1990-93) for most in Irish history. King tied for fifth at last fall's 96-player Kentucky Invitational (244) and tied for third in late February at the 54-player Midwest Classic (151). She was runner-up as a junior at 72-player Illinois State Fall Classic (229).

    King moved four shots ahead of Klee on the season stroke average charts while her 79.94 season stroke average would best her own Notre Dame record (80.17), set last season. Klee (80.31)--who has counted to the team scored in all 16 rounds of 1997-98--is on pace for the third-best season stroke average in Irish history while Melby's 81.00 would rank fifth.

    Other updated Notre Dame season stroke averages include: Schloss (82.69, 13 rounds), Cooper (82.94, 16), Klein (83.00, 16) and Villarosa (85.40, 5).

    King remains well on pace to break Phares' Notre Dame career stroke average record (83.11), as she has averaged 81.68 strokes over 85 career rounds. Melby is 27 shots behind King over those 85 rounds, owning an even 82.00 career average.

    King has led the Irish in 13 career tournaments, second to Phares' 17 in the Irish record book. Melby has counted to the Notre Dame team score in a record 74 career rounds, followed closely by King (73).

    Notre Dame's team season stroke average now stands at 320.56 (80.14 per counted score), well ahead of the team record (326.71) set last season.

    TEAM RESULTS (36 holes): 1. Purdue 307-309/616; 2. Methodist 318-305/623; 3. Florida Southern 316-309/625; 4. Wisconsin 315-311/626; 5. Southern Mississippi 318-313/631; 6. Longwood 321-314/635; 7. Rollins 321-317/638; 8. Notre Dame 326-313/639; 9. James Madison 323-323/646; 10. Illinois 330-318/648; 11. Alabama-Birmingham 331-324/655; 12. Lynn 330-327/657; 13. Toledo 335-341/676; 14. Northern Illinois 348-332/680; 15. Texas A&M University-Commerce 357-355/712; 16. Eastern Michigan 358-359/717; 17. Bowling Green 366-354/720; 19. Creighton 365-356/721; 19. William & Mary 372-373/745; 20. Carthage 405-413/818.

    TOP INDIVIDUALS (of 119): 1. Tracey Gage (METH) 75-73/148; Shannon Nagy (FS) 73-75/148; 3. Colleen Cashman (PUR) 73-76/149; 4. Katie King (ND) 78-72/150; 5. Jessica Hayes (ILL) 80-74/154; 6. Marella Canepa (SM) 77-78/155; Patty Fronha (WIS) 79-76/155; Stacey Orschell (PUR) 78-77/155; 9. Angela Blythe (PUR) 78-78/156; Sheri Bobber (WIS) 80-76/156; Johanna Gollings (PUR) 78-78/156; Stavey Smith (METH) 83-73/156.

    OTHER NOTRE DAME SCORES: 21. Mary Klein 83-76/159; 39. Andrea Klee 81-81/162; 43. Danielle Villarosa (ind.) 84-79/163; 58. Becca Schloss 84-84/168; 71. Tracy Melby 87-74/171; 71. Beth Cooper (ind.) 85-86/171.

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