PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Notre Dame and Louisville women's golf teams concluded play at the 2011 NCAA Regionals on Saturday. Two BIG EAST individual competitors also wrapped-up play, as St. John's freshman Harin Lee competed at the Central Regional and USF sophomore Shena Yang competed at the East Regional.
Notre Dame made history at the Central Regional held at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. The squad earned a fifth-place finish after carding a three-day total of 901 (+37) and secured a trip to the NCAA Finals for the first time in program history. Freshman Nicole Zhang paced the Irish, tying for eighth with a three-round total of 223 (+7). Zhang fired rounds of 71, 78 and 74. Freshman Kristina Nhim and junior Becca Huffer also had top-25 finishes. Nhim tied for 14th with a score of 224 (+8), while Huffer tied for 22nd with a total of 226 (+10).
Louisville finished 12th at the NCAA East Regional at the Legends Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., with a three-round score of 896. Senior Sara-Maude Juneau, the 2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year, shot a 71 on the final day to finish tied for 20th with a score of 220. Juneau finished in the top 20 of all her tournaments this season. Senior Laura Anderson shot a 72 in the final round and moved up 18 spots to finish tied for 31st with a score of 222.
St. John's freshman Harin Lee, the 2011 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, tied for 71st individually at the Central Regional. Lee shot rounds of 80, 76 and 78 to finish with a three-round total of 234.
USF sophomore Shena Yang carded a final-round 74 to finish with a three-day total of 226 strokes and in a tie for 49th at the NCAA East Regional on Saturday. The USF sophomore's tie for 49th is 24 places higher than her finish at the NCAA Regional as a freshman last season.
Notre Dame will compete at the NCAA Finals from May 18-21 at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.