June 7, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Head coach Susan Holt’s Fighting Irish women’s golf team is scheduled to compete in eight regular-season tournaments during the 2013-14 campaign as Notre Dame will begin play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The schedule will feature four outings in each the fall and spring seasons.
Battling each year to reach the top of the collegiate rankings, Notre Dame once again will compete in some of the nation’s best collegiate tournaments. Holt’s squad climbed to as high as No. 14 in the Golfstat rankings in the fall of 2012, the Irish held firm to a top-tier ranking all season and carried a No. 26 ranking moving into the program’s six consecutive NCAA regional appearance.
The 2013 BIG EAST champions will welcome incoming freshman Jordan Ferreira. The University Place, Wash. native enters as a two-time Washington State Golf Association Junior Girls’ Player of the Year and has steadily climbed the rankings on the junior circuit. Notre Dame is set to begin play in the fall on Sept. 8, 2013 at the Hoosier Invitational. The one day, 36-hole event is hosted annually by Indiana University at the Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. The Irish last participated in this tournament in 2011.
Notre Dame will be in action the following week at the Mary Fossum Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, takes place in East Lansing, Mich. at the Forest Akers West course, Sept. 14-15. Notre Dame will be making its fifth appearance in six years at the tournament annually hosted by Michigan State. The Irish have had great success at this tournament, achieving two third-place finishes and a team title in their five recent appearances at the Mary Fossum.
Notre Dame travels to Knoxville, Tenn. for its third outing of the year on Sept. 20-22. The University of Tennessee will conduct a 54-hole tournament at the Cherokee Country Club. The appearance at the Volunteers tournament will mark the third venue Notre Dame as played at in the Knoxville area since the program’s inception in the fall of 1988.
The Irish face several ACC opponents at the University of North Carolina’s annual outing in a return to the Chapel Hill, N.C. area, Oct. 11-13 at the Finley Golf Course for the first time since the fall of 2011.
An outstanding field is expected to be at both the Tennessee and North Carolina tournaments. Both the Tar Heels and Volunteers were two of the teams that Notre Dame faced this past season at the 2013 NCAA East Regional. The Volunteers earned a ninth-place finish, while the Tar Heels were 10th overall in the 24-team field.
Notre Dame will conclude the fall portion of its schedule at one of the nation’s top tournament, the Landfall Tradition. Hosted by UNC-Wilmington, the three-day, 54-hole tournament Oct. 25-27 will once again take place at the The Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. It will be the fourth-straight year the Irish have competed in the event. In each of those four tournaments, the Irish have had at least one golfer finish in the top 10.
The spring season will begin at the Seminole Match-Up for the second-consecutive year. Florida State’s host event will take place Feb. 14-16, in Tallahassee, Fla. at the Southwood Golf Club.
The third-annual Clover Cup, hosted by the Fighting Irish, will mark the second spring contest, March 14-16. Held in Mesa, Ariz., the 54-hole tournament will be played at the Longbow Golf Club.
Following Notre Dame’s home outing, the Irish return to the South region for the next two tournaments.
The Irish make their fourth appearance in the last six years at the Louisiana State University host tournament. The LSU Tiger Classic will take place on the LSU Golf Course, March 21-23.
The University of Mississippi’s 54-hole tournament will close out the regular season for Notre Dame, April 4-6, in Oxford, Miss. at the Ole Miss Golf Course. The contest will mark the first time an Irish squad as competed in the state of Mississippi in the history of the program.
Notre Dame will have a one-week hiatus week off before postseason play begins. The Irish will make their inaugural appearance in the ACC Championship, April 18-20 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.