Leigh Torbin | October 11, 2017
Behind co-medalist Emma Albrecht, the Notre Dame women’s golf team took home its first championship in almost exactly two years as the Irish downed runner-up Wisconsin by four strokes to win the Bettie Lou Evans Invitational.
Entering the day with a four-stroke edge on the 16-team field through 18 holes, Notre Dame carded rounds of 296 and 292 over Saturday’s final 36 holes of play to finish at 872 (+6), outdistancing Wisconsin’s 876 and third-place Penn State’s 880.
Individually, Albrecht carded rounds of 69 and 72 today to cap her 54-hole weekend with a 211 (-5), matching the tally of Kentucky’s Grace Rose for best in the 96-member field.
The tournament was played at the University Club of Kentucky’s Big Blue Course (par 72, 6,221 yards) and was shortened from three days to two due to likely inclement weather on Sunday.
Prior to today, 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.
"I'm really proud of this team," head coach Susan Holt said after the final round. "Having the lead after each round is a great accomplishment and not easy to do. They hung in there and played hard in some tough, windy conditions today. It was a real grind playing 11 hours in those conditions. They showed great fight and patience today when they really needed it."