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Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
The Observer

Notre Dame hits links for spring debut

No. 32 Notre Dame will travel southwest this weekend to Peoria, Arizona, to compete in the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The invitational will take place Sunday and Monday and will be played on the Westbrook Village Golf Course.

For the Irish, the invitational will be their first event of the spring season and mark the first time they have taken the course since late October.

The Westbrook Spring Invitational will be hosted by No. 43 Wisconsin and the field will include 15 teams in addition to Notre Dame: College of Charleston, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, No. 46 Kansas State, Nebraska, defending tournament champion No. 37 Ohio State, Oklahoma, No. 41 Oregon, Oregon State, No. 12 Tennessee, Tulsa and Washington State.

Though the field is deep, Notre Dame is no stranger to tough competition. The Irish bested eight top-25 teams in October at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, North Carolina, their last time on the links.

At the Westbrook Invitational, the Irish will be led by senior captain and two-time Academic All-American Ashley Armstrong. Armstrong finished her fall season at the Landfall with a career-best score of 215 over 54 holes.

Notre Dame has also been led by strong performances by sophomore Jordan Ferreira, senior Kelli Oride and junior Talia Campbell, who placed 16th, 24th and 41st, respectively, at the Landfall.

The Irish will tee it up Sunday and Monday at the Westbrook Spring Invitational at the Westbrook Village Golf Club in Peoria, Arizona. Play will begin Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun format in place for the teams to play 36 holes. On Monday, the golfers will be paired up according to their scores from the previous day and play the final 18 holes of the tournament. Each team’s score will be determined by the lowest four 54-hole scores of its competitors.