Notre Dame's Armstrong To Play In U.S. Women's Open

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --  Ashley Armstrong, the 2012 BIG EAST individual champion, is one of three golfers with connections to the University of Notre Dame who will compete at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open, which begins Thursday at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis.

Armstrong, who also was chosen as the 2012 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, will join former teammate Becca Huffer - a four-time All-BIG EAST selection - and incoming Irish freshman Lindsay Weaver in this year's Women's Open field. The championship will run through Sunday, July 8.

"I'm just thrilled that we'll have three golfers with Notre Dame ties at this year's U.S. Open," Irish head coach Susan Holt said. "It's a testament to the quality of players we have recruited and to the level of success that we have achieved within our program."

Armstrong originally was an alternate after finishing tied for third at the U.S. Open qualifier on May 29 at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis, before receiving notice that she would be participating in the prestigious event. The Flossmore, Ill., native and Weaver will be among 26 amateurs in the 156-player field.

Weaver, who tied for the top spot at her Open qualifier on May 23 at the Terravita GolfClub in Scottsdale, Ariz., will be the first to tee off on Thursday at 1:30 pm (ET). The Scottsdale, Ariz., native will tee off from the 10th hole and will be playing with amateur Jisoo Keel of Canada, and Brooke Pancake of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Armstrong will get started on the 10th tee at 3:31 pm (ET) and will be part of a threesome that will include Shannon Aubert, an amateur from Champions Gate, Fla., and Cydney Clanton of Concord, N.C.

Huffer, the first women's golf player in league history to earn All-BIG EAST status four times, earned her berth in the Open by winning her qualifier by six strokes at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 3 The Denver, Colo., native and her group will be the last to tee off on the first hole at 3:42 pm (ET) on Thursday. Huffer will be paired with Isabelle Beisiegel of Canada and Mi Jung Hur of Korea.