May 4, 2016
By Chris Masters
GREENSBORO, N.C. — She has been the leader and pacesetter for the University of Notre Dame women’s golf team, not only this season but for much of her four-year career. Thus, it came as little surprise when senior captain Talia Campbell (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) earned her second consecutive all-Atlantic Coast Conference honor on Wednesday, part of the 12-player all-conference team selected through a vote of the ACC’s 12 head coaches taken following the ACC Championship.
Campbell actually is a three-time all-conference selection, having been named to the 2013 All-BIG EAST Conference squad. In doing so, she becomes the eighth Fighting Irish golfer in the program’s 28-year history to collect three all-league honors, with the previous seven all having done so during Notre Dame’s BIG EAST era — Karen Lotta (2003-05), Katie Brophy (2003-04, 2006), Noriko Nakazaki (2004-07), Annie Brophy (2007-10), Lisa Maunu (2007-09), So-Hyun Park (2008-09, 2011) and Becca Huffer (2009-12).
Campbell leads the Fighting Irish and ranks eighth in the ACC with a career-low 73.21 stroke average, on pace to be the second-lowest single-season mark in program history. Campbell, who also owns the top career stroke average (74.32) in Notre Dame history, has posted six top-10 finishes this season and been the top Fighting Irish finisher in seven of 10 tournaments in 2015-16, including a season-best runner-up outing at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 12-13). She also placed ninth at last month’s ACC Championship after shooting two-over par 218, recording her fourth top-15 finish in as many conference tournaments and becoming just the fifth golfer in school history to pull off that feat.
“This is such a well-deserved honor for Talia,” Notre Dame head coach Susan Holt said. “It’s nice to see her consistent play be acknowledged by making the All-ACC Team for the second year in a row. The ACC is a conference with a lot of talented players and it’s a real accomplishment to make this team.”
Campbell and her Fighting Irish teammates are in the midst of final preparations for the 2016 NCAA Birmingham Regional, with 10th-seeded Notre Dame set to begin at 7:30 a.m. CT (8:30 a.m. ET) Thursday from the No. 10 tee at the historic Shoal Creek Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Live scoring for the NCAA Birmingham Regional will be available online through Golfstat (Golfstat.com).
For more information on the Notre Dame women’s golf program, visit the women’s golf page on the official Fighting Irish athletics web site (UND.com/ndwomensgolf), sign up to follow the Notre Dame women’s golf Twitter feed (@NDwomensGolf) or register for the Irish ALERT text-messaging system through the “Fan Center” pulldown menu on the front page at UND.com.
Chris Masters, associate athletics communications director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2001 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame women's golf and women's basketball programs. A native of San Francisco, California, Masters is a 1996 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, earned his master's degree from Kansas State University in 1998, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).