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Women’s spring preview: Big East

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When Lindsey Weaver walked into her first-ever college golf meeting, she thought, “Wow, how cool is this?”

She was at her dream university, Notre Dame, getting an outstanding education and was playing the sport she loved more than anything.

“Notre Dame is an all-around amazing place,” said Weaver, who finished the fall season ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. “I love the history and tradition associated with it, the coaches, facilities, the campus . . . just everything.”

In her first semester at Notre Dame, Weaver carried over her play from her junior career, right to her first collegiate tournament. She played as the No. 1 player for Notre Dame in all four fall tournaments, and finished as the low player in all of those tournaments. She was also the runner-up in both the Windy City Collegiate Classic and at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. Weaver finished no worse than T-6 in all four tournaments.

On top of all that, she was named the Big East Women’s Golf Player of the Month for the month of October.

“The golf season was unbelievable,” Weaver said.

The team didn’t do too bad, either. They are comprised of two freshman, Weaver and Talia Campbell; two sophomores, Ashley Armstrong and Kelli Oride; and one junior, Kristina Nhim. The team’s best finish was a second at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. Add in a three more top-5s as a team, and that’s how you end up being ranked No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

“It was clear right off the bat that our team chemistry trumped everyone else’s. As for our team performance, we played very well, but we all think we could’ve played better than we did,” added Weaver.

As for the spring, Weaver will look for the Fighting Irish and her own game to continue to improve before the Big East Conference Championship. She likes to keep her game simple and just have fun playing golf.

“My favorite part about playing golf for Notre Dame is the places we travel to and the fun I have just spending time with my teammates and coaches,” Weaver said. “And I can’t wait to do it in the spring again.”

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Where is stands now

Top of the class: Notre Dame

Best player of the fall: Lindsey Weaver, Notre Dame

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Past champions

2008: Notre Dame

2009: Louisville

2010: Louisville

2011: Notre Dame

2012: South Florida

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