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Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
The Observer

ND looks to carry momentum into LSU Tiger Classic

After a successful showing at the Clover Cup, the Notre Dame women’s golf team will head down to Baton Rouge to compete in the LSU Tiger Classic.

The team is coming off of a second-place showing in the Clover Cup, which it hosted March 13-15. While most of the student body was returning to Notre Dame, the team placed behind only No. 18 Arizona State.

The team has been very consistent during this promising season, and it continued that consistency with Notre Dame's third consecutive top-three finish. They shot a three-round score of 32-over par 896 (296-301-299), which was eleven strokes behind the Sun Devils, but ahead of the rest of the 15-team field. TCU made a late push Sunday, but the Irish managed to hold them off, and the Horned Frogs ended up two strokes behind Notre Dame.

Junior Talia Campbell led the Irish with a fourth overall finish with a one-over par 217 (72-74-71). She matched her best finish this season and was a part of three Notre Dame golfers who finished in the top-15. Her best day was Sunday, when she recorded three birdies on the front nine and added two more on the back nine.

Senior captain Ashley Armstrong also picked up her fourth top-10 finish of the season. She tied for eighth at seven-over par 223 (76-71-76). She ran into trouble Sunday when she bogeyed three of her first five holes. However, she rebounded with 12 pars in her final 13 holes to maintain her finish.

The last of the trio of top-15 finishers was sophomore Jordan Ferreira, who earned a share of 13th place. She finished just shy of a season best, shooting a nine-over par 225 (73-78-74). After a rocky Saturday, Ferreira recorded 16 pars on Sunday sandwiched around a pair of bogeys.

Senior Kelli Oride tied for 4oth at 17-over par, while freshman Kari Bellville's 25-over-par rounded out the Irish roster in 64th.

Now the Irish look to the Tiger Classic, which will feature three teams in the top 11 and nine in the top 50. The entire field is 16 teams, so the team will be matched up against other blue chip programs.

Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. Friday, and the tournament draws to a close Sunday afternoon.