Notre Dame sophomore Isabella DiLisio, the 2013 PIAA Class AAA champion at Mount St. Joseph, helped the Fighting Irish open their season with a tie for sixth at The Schooner Fall Classic, hosted by Oklahoma at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
DiLisio had rounds of 71, 74 and 73 over the 5,939-yard, par-71 Belmar Golf Club layout to finish in a tie for 26th at 5-over 218. Notre Dame, ranked 40th in the latest Golfstat rankings, opened with a solid 1-under 283 and added rounds of 298 and 290 for an 871 total.
Florida State’s Morgane Metraux, a junior from Switzerland, captured the individual title with rounds of 68, 67 and 66 for a 12-under 201 title. She led the 19th-ranked Seminoles to a runaway victory in the team standings with a 23-under 829 total.
The event was originally scheduled to run from Saturday to Monday, but the threat of bad weather prompted a decision to make it two days with a double round Saturday. Florida State opened with a spectacular 14-under 270 and added rounds of 279 and 280 to reach 23-under.
Florida State also got strong showings from Lydia Gumm, a senior from Radcliff, Ky. who finished in a tie for fourth at 7-under 206, and Metraux’s sister Kim, also a junior who finished in a tie for eighth at 3-under 210.
Notre Dame was led by Emma Albrecht, a sophomore from Ormond Beach, Fla. who finished in a tie for 10th, sandwiching a 2-over 73 with 2-under 69s in the first and third rounds. Maddie Rose Hamilton, another sophomore from Louisville, Ky., finished a shot back of DiLisio at 6-over 219, including an opening-round 69.
Jordan Ferreira, a senior from University Place, Wash., finished in a tie for 39th at 223 and Mia Ayer, a freshman from Waco, Texas, finished 59th at 236.
Junior Alison Snakard, a teammate of DiLisio’s at Mount St. Joseph, competed as an individual for Notre Dame and finished in a tie for 60th at 237. Her opening-round 75 was highlighted by a hole-in-one. Her first swing of the tournament came on the 157-yard, par-3 17th at Belmar and her 5-iron shot found the hole.
Alabama, the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 3, finished second in the team chase at 11-under 241. The Crimson Tide were led by Cheyenne Knight, a sophomore from Aledo, Texas who finished sixth at 6-under 207, and Kristen Gillman, a freshman from Austin, Texas who finished in a tie for eighth at 3-under 210. Gillman, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, is expected to be a big boost to the Alabama program.
Clemson, ranked 44th, finished third at 3-under 849 and was led by Alice Hewson, a sophomore from Great Britain who was the runnerup to Morgane Metraux in the individual chase. Hewson opened with a 66 and followed it up with rounds of 70 and 67 for a 10-under 203 total.
Texas A&M, ranked 25th, finished in the tie for sixth with Notre Dame and No. 51 LSU. The Aggies had a pair of top-10 finishes as Maddie Szeryk, a junior from Allen, Texas, finished third at 8-under 205 and Bianca Fabrizio, a senior from Italy, finished in a tie for fourth at 7-under 206. Szeryk fired a sizzling final round of 8-under 63, the low round of the tournament.
Host Oklahoma, ranked 63rd, finished fourth in the team standings at even-par 852. The Sooners were led by Hannah Wood, a junior from Centennial, Colo. who finished seventh at 4-under 209.
Rounding out the top five in the team standings was No. 16 Kent State, which placed fifth at 6-over 858.