Feb. 23, 2018
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame women’s golf team will continue its spring season at the 2018 Westbrook Spring Invitational, which is slated to take place on Sunday, Feb. 25 and Monday, Feb. 26 at the Westbrook Village Golf Club (Vistas Course) in Peoria, Arizona.
The Irish will bring a veteran group to the tournament and the team has played in the Westbrook Spring Invitational each of the past three seasons. Last season, Isabella DiLisio took the two-round lead by firing a six-under par 138 (68-70) and ultimately finished tied for third after a final round 73. Her five-under par 211 total was her best career three-round tournament finish in relation to par.
Date: Feb. 25-26 (practice round Feb. 24)
Format: 54 holes of stroke play, including two rounds on Sunday followed by the final 18 holes of play on Monday.
Tee Times: shotgun starts on both days begin at 8:30 a.m. MT
Location: Peoria, Arizona
The Course: Westbrook Village Golf Club (Vistas Course), Par 72/6,252 yards
Tournament Field (15): Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UC Davis, Washington State, Wisconsin.
Live Stats: Birdiefire
NOTRE DAME LINEUP
Notre Dame’s lineup will consist of junior Emma Albrecht (1), freshman Abby Heck (2), junior Maddie Rose Hamilton (3), sophomore Mia Ayer (4) and junior Isabella DiLisio (5). Additionally, senior captain Alison Snakard will compete as an individual.
COACH HOLT QUOTES
On what it will take for a good finish at the Westbrook …
“We’re looking forward to going back to Westbrook this weekend. It’s a great event and a golf course that sets up well for us as a team. We played well for the first 45 of the 54 holes at the FSU Match-Up a few weeks ago. But we need to do a better job of finishing this time out. Golf is as much mental as it is physical, and we need to keep ourselves mentally and physically strong for the entire tournament. Focusing on this should get us better results moving forward.”
On returning to the Westbrook Spring Invitational …
“This course is a good test, yet it is fair and does tend to yield low rounds. We really need to manage our games well and put ourselves in places where we can capitalize and post some low scores. The par-5 holes are where we can make a good amount of birdies and we need to make that happen.”
NOTING THE 2017-18 SEASON
- The Irish had a strong fall season, tying for third at the Minnesota Invitational (Sept. 11-12), tying for sixth at the Schooner Fall Classic (Sept. 23-25) and winning the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational (Oct. 6-8).
- Emma Albrecht led the Irish with a seventh-place showing at the Minnesota Invitational (68-72-70=210). She then carded a career-low 67 in the second round of the Schooner Fall Classic and posted her first career win at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational when she claimed co-medalist honors (70-69-73=211).
- Notre Dame's last tournament win came when it finished first at the Chip-N Club Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska (Oct. 6, 2015). The last Notre Dame player to take medalist honors was Kristina Nhim, who won the Clover Cup in Mesa, Arizona on March 16, 2014.
- Maddie Rose Hamilton also tied for fourth at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational with an even-par 216 marking the first time Notre Dame had two individuals finish in the top five of an event since Oct. 5-6, 2015.
- Hamilton set the program record by shooting a second round 65 (-6) at the Schooner Fall Classic. The -6 also tied for the lowest round in program history in relation to par. Previously, So-Hyun Park (2008-09) and Lisa Maunu (2007-08) also carded six-under par scores, both of which were 66's on par 72 courses.
- Also at the at the Schooner Fall Classic, Notre Dame carded a final round 278 (-6) marked the second lowest score in program history, just one stroke off the record of 277 carded in the second round of the 2014 Schooner Classic. The -6 also tied for the their best round in program history in relation to par.
- Notre Dame's three-round total of 854 (+2) at the Schooner Fall Classic also marked the second-lowest three round score in program history and the fourth-best three round score in relation to par.
NOTRE DAME UNDER COACH HOLT
Head Coach Susan Holt is in her 12th season leading the Irish.Over the previous 11 seasons, Holt has led Notre Dame to nine NCAA regional appearances and helped Notre Dame earn its first NCAA Championship berth in program history (2011). In addition, the Irish have captured four conference titles, won 17 tournament championships (team), had 15 individual medalist winners. Her players have also earned 27 all-conference accolades as well as the first two All-America selections in Notre Dame women's golf history.
After playing in the University of Wisconsin's Westbrook Spring Invitational, the Fighting Irish will play host to the 2018 Clover Cup on March 16-18 at the Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.
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Dan Colleran, Director of Athletics Communications at the University of Notre Dame, has been a part of Fighting Irish Media since August 2015 and coordinates all media and publicity efforts surrounding the Notre Dame hockey and golf programs. A native of Walpole, Massachusetts, Colleran spent the previous three years working with the men's hockey and soccer programs at Providence College. Colleran also spent two years as an Assistant Executive Director of Communications & Championships at the Ivy League and is a graduate of Providence College ('06 & '08G).