Notre Dame wins fourth Big East title
Individual championship decided in four-hole playoff
Notre Dame won its fourth Big East team title and its first since 2008.
The Irish carded a 310 in the final round. The 13 stroke-win is the fourth-largest margin of victory in the history of the championship.
Four Irish players finished in the top 10 in the individual standings, including freshman Kristina Nhim who led the team in third place after carding 222 (+6) for the championship. Junior Becca Huffer finished fourth with a 54-hole score of 223 (+7), senior So Hyun Park placed seventh with 229 (+13) and senior Katie Conway placed 11th with 233 (+17).
The Cardinals have finished in the top two at the Big East championship in all six seasons that they have been members of the conference. This is only the second time UofL has finished in second to go along with four team titles. Louisville carded 915 for the championship including a 305 in the final round. The Cardinals were led by sophomore Anna-Karin Ljungstrom, who finished in a tie for first with a three-round total of 221 (+5). Ljungstrom would finish second after losing to St. John’s freshman Harin Lee in a playoff.
USF placed third after playing its best round on the final day. The Bulls shot 309 in the third round, finishing with a 54-hole total of 934. Sophomore Shena Yang led USF in fifth place, carding 225 (+9) for the championship. Georgetown took fourth with a score of 951.
For the first time in the history of the tournament, the individual title was decided in a playoff. After four playoff holes, St. John’s Lee topped Louisville’s Ljungstrom to take the individual title. The two matched each other through the first three playoff holes, playing holes 17, 18 and one. The pair then went to the par-five second hole, where Lee made par to clinch the crown. Lee is the first Red Storm player to win the individual title in the 11-year history of the BIG EAST Women’s Championship.