Notre Dame wins fifth Big East title, two freshmen win individual honors
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Notre Dame claimed its fifth Big East Conference title Tuesday afternoon at the Reunion Resort and Golf Club's par 72 Tom Watson Course (6,124 yards).
The Irish carded a three-day total of 6-under par 861 (294-285-282) through 54 holes. The win marks the program's third conference title in the last six years (2008, 2011, 2013) under two-time Big East Coach of the Year Susan Holt.
Freshmen Lindsey Weaver and Talia Campbell each fired 6-under par totals of 210 to share medalist honors.
The Irish duo entered Tuesday's final round tied for the top spot and each had 3-under totals of 69 to finish with 210 totals. Weaver had rounds of 71-70-69 while Campbell shot 72-69-69. The finish was Weaver's fourth tournament in which she has shot under par and Campbell's first.
Notre Dame trailed Louisville by seven strokes after the first round, but the Irish took a one-stroke lead after 36 holes on Monday. They eventually took a 14-stroke win against the Cardinals.
Louisville carded an 11-over par 875 (287-293-295) to finish second, followed by third-place St. John's (N.Y.) (302-303-299-904).
Weaver and Campbell become the fourth and fifth Irish freshmen and sixth and seventh Notre Dame golfers to capture the individual crown at the Big East Championship in the 11 years it has been offered.
Louisville's Emily Haas finished third in the field of 40 with a 3-under par 213 (72-68-73).
"We came out strong and really set the tempo early," Irish head coach Susan Holt said. "I think the right attitude we had early made the difference.
"It was a quality team win and came at a great time in the season as we are moving toward post-season play. Our confidence is up coming off this performance and we are looking forward to representing Notre Dame at the next tournament."
Weaver, the No. 16 player in the country, began her final day with a bogey on hole one, but bounced back with a par on hole two and followed up with a birdie on hole three. She parred the next three holes before giving up a bogey on hole 7. Weaver parred hole eight and finished the front with a birdie on hole nine to make even par.
Weaver led the field with 15 birdies and par-5 scoring.
Campbell, who had back-to-back 3-under par 69s, continued her strong play on the final day, turning in six birdies and 19 pars from the 12th hole from the second round on Monday through Tuesday's final round.
Sophomore Ashley Armstrong tied for fifth, carding a 2-under-par 70 for the final day. She was 3-over-par 219 (77-72-70) for the 54-hole tournament.
In Tuesday's final round, Armstrong finished even par on the front nine gathering birdies on holes two (par 4, 319 yards) and hole five (par 4, 379 yards) as she shot par or better through the first seven holes.
Junior Kristina Nhim wrapped up her final round with a 2-over-par 74, tying for eighth.
Nhim was one over on hole two, but recovered with five consecutive holes of shooting par or better. Nhim made birdie on hole 6 and finished the front at 2-over-par.
Kelli Oride tied for 14th place, carding a 2-over-par 74 on the final day for a three-day total of an 11-over-par 227 (77-76-74).
Oride tied Monday's front nine hole score with a one-over-par. She surrendered one less bogey from Monday's round for a total of two on the front on the day. Her final round on the front nine was the most consistent out of the three days, as she parred six holes and made a birdie on hole 3.