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Friday, March 1, 2024
The Observer

Irish head to Greensboro for ACC Championship

The Notre Dame women’s golf team has been through some ups and downs during the 2022-23 season. The Irish have finished as high as second and as low as 13th in their 10 competitions during this campaign. They have received some outstanding individual performances. But everything that has happened so far has been leading up to this weekend. The Irish travel to Greensboro, North Carolina, for the 2023 ACC Championship, which takes place at Sedgefield Country Club from April 13-16.

The Irish are hoping for a better performance than at last year’s ACC Championship. Notre Dame finished in last place among the 12 competing schools a year ago, when the tournament was held at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Notre Dame was the only school at the event that failed to record a team score of under 300 in at least one round. However, the Irish gained some invaluable experience at that competition that they hope will help them improve this time around.

Notre Dame returns three of its five scoring players from last year’s competition and will look to its veterans to lead the way this weekend. That includes senior Lauren Beaudreau, who comes into this year’s event playing some of the best golf of her decorated collegiate career, and junior Chloe Schiavone, Notre Dame’s highest finisher at last year’s ACC Championship. Schiavone finished in a tie for 24th place a season ago, recording three of the team’s six lowest individual round scores at Pawleys Island. She was also the lone Irish golfer to finish with a score of 76 or better in all three rounds.

Beaudreau, meanwhile, turned in a dominant performance in Notre Dame’s final regular season event this year. Her third-place finish at the Chattanooga Classic was the highest an Irish golfer has finished in a tournament this season since sophomore Montgomery Ferreira took home the individual title in Notre Dame’s season-opening competition, the Badger Invitational, on Sept. 18-20. Beaudreau shot 68-72-71 to place third at the Classic. After finishing top five in each of the Irish’s first three events, she had not reached that level since. Schiavone also turned in a solid performance in Chattanooga, finishing in a tie for 16th.

Beaudreau did not compete in the ACC Championship last year. However, she turned in a strong top-20 finish at the event in 2021. She was the highest-ranking Irish player in that tournament and turned in Notre Dame’s two lowest single-round scores with a pair of 72s. Beaudreau has had a decorated career, consistently being one of the team’s top performers since her freshman season. After a pair of campaigns disrupted by COVID, she is looking to end her senior season on a high note.

The Notre Dame roster features a trio of seniors in Beaudreau, Caroline Wrigley and Madelyn Jones, as well as a graduate student in Caroline Curtis. Having such a wealth of veteran experience could help the Irish get back to their strong early-season form this weekend when it matters most.

The 2023 ACC Women’s Golf Championship will take place from April 13-16. Saturday and Sunday’s action can be seen on ACC Network Extra. Saturday’s broadcast is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday’s is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.