July 28, 2017 | 2017-18 Schedule
By Jane Horvat '18
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame women's golf team has released its 2017-18 schedule, which begins on September 11 with the first and second rounds of the Jim West Challenge.
The schedule will include four regular season tournaments during both the fall and spring semesters, with the ACC Championship and NCAA Championship taking place at the end of the spring season.
"We're very much looking forward to the start of the 2017-18 season," Fighting Irish head coach Susan Holt said. "While the schedule is very challenging, I'm confident we have the talent to be competitive. As always, our schedule gives us the opportunity to go head-to-head in each tournament with many of the top teams in the country. This lets us know where we stand nationally and what we need to do to stay in the mix. Being ready to go each round and finding a way to get the job done will be our mission every time we tee it up."
The Irish will play a familiar slate in 2017-18 as they will be returning to seven of the eight regular season tournaments for at least the second year. Notre Dame has also added the University of Kentucky's Bettie Lou Evans Invitational to the schedule for the first time since the fall of 2009.
"We're excited to return to the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational," Holt added. "It is a fun golf course and it is always nice to have at least one event we can drive to."
The Irish return three of their top four players based on stroke average from the 2016-17 season. Even with the graduation of Jordan Ferreira, a Women's Golf Coaches Association All-America Scholar who finished the 2016-17 season with the team's third best stroke average, the Irish are in good hands thanks to their trio of junior leaders; Emma Albrecht, Isabella DiLisio and Maddie Rose Hamilton.
Albrecht finished first on the team in 2016-17 with a 73.56 stroke average, the third-lowest single-season mark in program history. She also had 10 rounds at par or better, four of those being under par (three in the 60's) and six being at even par. In her appearance at the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio, she finished tied for 13th after shooting a 224 (75-75-74).
The Irish return DiLisio, who finished her sophomore season with a 74.77 stroke average, good for second on the team. DiLisio also shot the lowest single-round score this season, recording a 67 the first round of the Notre Dame Clover Cup.
Hamilton had the fourth-best stroke average (75.38) for the Irish last season. She posted the second-highest percentage of rounds counted towards the overall Irish score (.903).
A look at the 2017-18 schedule:
Sept. 10-11 - 2017 Jim West Challenge Invite (The Woodlands, Texas)
The Fighting Irish return to the Jim West Challenge for the second year in a row. In their inaugural appearance at the Carlton Woods Club, Notre Dame took ninth place at eight-over par (282-294- 296=872) in 2016.
Sept. 23-25 - 2017 Schooner Fall Classic (Norman, Oklahoma)
For the fourth consecutive year, Notre Dame heads back to Norman for the Schooner Fall Classic. In 2016, the Irish tied for sixth, shooting an 871 (283, 298, 290) at the par 71 course.
Oct. 6-8 - 2017 Bettie Lou Evans Invitational (Lexington, Kentucky)
Notre Dame travels back to the Lexington for the first time since 2009 to participate in the tournament, which will be held at the Big Blue Golf Club.
Oct. 27-29 - 2017 Landfall Tradition (Wilmington, North Carolina)
For the seventh year in a row, the Irish return to Wilmington to compete in the Landfall Tradition. Last season the Irish took 12th at the par 72 course with a combined score of 898 (202-293-302).
Feb. 9-11 - 2018 Florida State Match-Up (Tallahassee, Florida)
The Irish will compete at the Seminole match-up again this year after appearing at the par 72 course in Tallahassee in 2013 and 2016. In addition the traditional medalist and team champion honors, the tournament also includes a second combined team (or "match-up") title.
Feb. 25-26 - 2018 Westbrook Invitational (Peoria, Arizona)
For the fourth year in a row, the Irish travel to Peoria, Arizona, to compete at the Westbrook Village Golf Club. Last season, Notre Dame tied for ninth after a three round total of 884 (292-295-297).
March 16-18 - 2018 Clover Cup (Mesa, Arizona)
Notre Dame will play host to the seventh annual Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club's par 72 course. The annual spring tournament will once again take place during the University's spring break period. The tournament offers participating teams the opportunity to engage in numerous service activities in the Mesa community while also competing in a challenging tournament. Notre Dame took seventh last season after finishing with a total of 887 (292-297-298).
April 6-8 - 2018 Bryan National Collegiate (Greensboro, North Carolina)
The Irish return to the Bryan National Collegiate, having previously played in 2009, 2015 and 2017. In 2015, Talia Campbell tied for sixth.
April 20-22 - 2018 ACC Championship (Greensboro, North Carolina)
The Fighting Irish take their fifth trip to the ACC Championship in 2018. With the tournament returning to the Sedgefield Country Club, the Irish head back to a familiar course after placing tenth, fifth, and sixth on their previous three trips to Sedgefield.
May 7-9 - 2018 NCAA Regional (TBD)
Notre Dame has qualified for NCAA regional play 11 times in school history, most recently finishing 13th at the 2016 NCAA Birmingham Regional. In 2017, Albrecht qualified as an individual and appeared in the Columbus Regional, finishing tied for thirteenth at eight-over par (75-75-74). The top six teams at the four regional sites and the top three individuals not on an advancing team will move on the the 2018 NCAA Championship.
May 18-22 - 2018 NCAA Championship (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
The Fighting Irish will look to reach the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2011 and the second time in program history.
Jane Horvat is a student assistant for Fighting Irish Media. In addition to working with Men's Ice Hockey, Volleyball, and Football, she contributes to the writing team and is an English and romance languages major. A member of the Glynn Family Honors Program, Horvat writes for the online art database See Art Differently and hails from Rockford, Illinois.