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Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024
The Observer

Irish place 10th in ACC, Beaudreau and Heck stand out

Notre Dame women’s golf concluded their season with a 10th-place finish in the ACC Tournament at the very difficult Sedgefield County Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Only Duke and Wake Forest broke par as a team over the three-round tournament, as the Irish finished +64 with a 928. 4 golfers for each team counted to the score each round. 

Notre Dame had some standout individual performances, particularly from their top golfers. Sophomore Lauren Beaudreau was the Irish’s top individual player, shooting a +4 over three rounds to crack the top 20. Senior Abby Heck shot a +1 in round 3, leading Notre Dame for the round, and ending her collegiate career with an 18th-hole birdie. 

Beaudreau got off to a hot start on Saturday, shooting a pair of even-par rounds. She notched eight birdies on the day, and utilized the back nine as a stabilizing point for her rounds, shooting -1 both times. After just two pars on the front nine of her first nine, Beaudreau notched six to go with a pair of birdies in Round 1, claiming her even-par. In the second round, sitting at +2 with four holes to play, Beaudreau flashed her ability on the longer holes, securing birdies on the par-5 15th and 18th holes to end on a high note. 

Beaudreau’s day 3 got off to a bit of a rough start, as she teed off from hole 10 and couldn’t find an early rhythm, taking her out of contention for a top-5 individual finish. However, the sophomore finished with some jaw-dropping highlights, including back-to-back eagles on holes 5 and 6 in her final round. She was one of just five players to notch multiple eagles on the tournament, and over the course of the three rounds, she was the only player to eagle the par-4 Hole 6, which played as the most difficult hole on the course. Over three days, there was Beadreau’s eagle and just eight other birdies from the field. The highlight-reel shots helped Beaudreau salvage the +4 round and a top-20 finish. 

Meanwhile, Heck was a clear #2 golfer for the Irish, as she was extremely consistent in Rounds 1 and 3, with only an up-and-down middle-round costing her a potential top-20 finish as well. Heck was impressively consistent in Round 1, as despite not claiming a single birdie, she scored par on 16 holes to keep her round to a +3. However, the damage control was not as smooth in Round 2, as Heck scored four birdies but also a few big numbers that led to a +8 round and kept Heck out of individual contention. Despite this, the senior rallied to finish her career with a very impressive +1 score on a difficult course. She opened and closed her days with birdies, notching 13 pars in between as well to lead the Irish on day 2. 

After Beaudreau and Heck, the Irish saw sophomore Madelyn Jones, junior Claire Albrecht and freshman Julia Bordeaux also score. Bordeaux was very impressive in her Round 2, notching three birdies en route to a +1 round. Jones had five birdies on the weekend for Notre Dame, while Albrecht chipped in with two. 

With two sophomores and a freshman among their major contributors, ND women’s golf looks forward to the next couple of years, while bidding farewell to Heck, the team’s only senior, as they look ahead to the 2021 fall season.