Oct. 3, 2017
By Dan Colleran
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s golf season will continue this weekend at the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational. The three round tournament will be played at the at the University Club of Kentucky’s Big Blue Course (par 72, 6,221 yards) in Lexington, Kentucky.
It will mark the 28th edition of the tournament, but the first since 2011. Notre Dame last played in the event in 2009.
2017 BETTIE LOU EVANS INVITATIONAL
Dates: October 6-8
Format: 54 holes (18 holes each day)
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Course (Par/Yardage): UK’s Big Blue Course (par 72/6,221 yards)
Tee Times: Round will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET and Sunday’s final round will be a shotgun start. Specific pairings and tee times TBA.
Tournament Field (16 teams): Akron, Ball State, Bradley, Cincinnati, Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Kentucky, Murray State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Toledo, Western Kentucky and Wisconsin.
Live Scoring: Golfstat
COACH HOLT ON THE UPCOMING EVENT
"I’m excited to get back to competing and seeing what this team can do. We’ve been breaking team and individual records our first two events and we’re looking forward to what this weekend could bring. The team is ready to go and has a lot of confidence heading into this event based on the success we’ve had so far.”
ON PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE
“This game is so much about confidence in both self and each other and I think we are in a great place and just need to keep playing off the momentum we have built so far this fall. With only two events left to play this fall, if we can keep this momentum going we will position ourselves well for the grind of a much longer spring schedule."
ON THE COURSE
The Bettie Lou Evans Invitational has been held at the University Club since 2002. It was previously played at Spring Valley Country Club.
"We’re looking forward to going back to Lexington this weekend. It's a fun course to play and one that does require quality golf shots. I think it is a course that will set up well for our team as we do a good job of keeping the ball in play and it will be bent grass greens, which we are familiar with here on campus."
- The Irish have had a strong start to the season, tying for third at the Minnesota Invitational (Sept. 11-12) and then tying for sixth at the Schooner Fall Classic (Sept. 23-25).
- 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.
- Maddie Rose 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 16 tournament championships (team), had 14 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.
The Fighting Irish close out the fall portion of their schedule on Oct. 27-29 at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, North Carolina. It will mark the seventh consecutive season Notre Dame will play in the tournament.
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Dan Colleran, associate athletics communications director 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).