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Nov. 18, 2023

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50 NOV. 18, 2023 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED ND SPORTS BY TODD D. BURLAGE F ighting Irish senior Chloe Schiavone admits that all the memories she collected during Notre Dame's recent golf trip to St. Andrews, Scotland, are too many to list in one conversation. Whether it was playing the iconic Old Course at St. An- drews, relaxing and shopping around town during a day off, finishing third in the two-round individual tournament, or per- haps playing alongside freshman teammate Mimi Burton — when Burton made an ace in a practice round — Schiavone has plenty of moments to choose from. During and immediately after Notre Dame's fall break, the Irish men's and women's golf teams traveled overseas and spent 10 days in Scotland with an opportunity to compete in the inaugu- ral St. Andrews Collegiate Invitational Oct. 23-25, a tournament that included programs from Vanderbilt, North Caro- lina, Georgetown and Notre Dame. "It was definitely the best trip I've ever been on. It will be one of the coolest expe- riences in my lifetime," Schiavone shared. "We had a chance to play a lot of the cool courses but it wasn't just about golf. We got to actually do a lot of other fun stuff." On the course, the four teams opened their tournament with two rounds of stroke play at the Jubilee Course in St. Andrews. That's where Schiavone made one of her lifelong memories when she sank a 15-foot putt on her 36th hole to finish plus-2 and alone in third place after the two-round team stroke play portion of the event. North Carolina and Vanderbilt secured the top two team spots after stroke play on both the men's and women's sides, and moved to the legendary Old Course on the final day to settle the title with one-on-one player matches settled by stroke play scores, and not by the tradi- tional hole-by-hole match play. Meanwhile, both the Notre Dame men's and women's teams used the same format in the consolation medal events against Georgetown at the Old Course, and each of the Irish squads came out victors and third-place finishers. And staying on script, Schiavone se- cured a 3-stroke victory in the final pairing to break a tie with Georgetown and secure the Irish women a 3-2-1 win. The Notre Dame men also claimed a third-place fin- ish with a 4-2-0 victory over the Hoyas. With all the sights, sounds and scen- ery that Schiavone enjoyed — along with the rain, cold and 50-mph winds on the course that she en- dured — the Jacksonville, Fla., native said that having both the Irish men's and women's golf programs share these moments and memories together might rank at the top. "Golf is obviously an individual sport," she said. "But we all really treasure that camaraderie and how grateful we all are to be an athlete for Notre Dame. It was such an honor and such a cool experience." Irish head golf coach John Handrigan concurred, and prob- ably summed the trip up best. "Just seeing their faces walking around St. Andrews, the town, and the Old Course, it is something they are all going to remember for the rest of their lives," Handrigan said of his student- athletes. "Being there with both teams, and to experience it all together, the friendships created between the men's and the women's teams, I'm just thank- ful to be a part of it." ✦ Senior Chloe Schiavone finished third in the women's individual competition Oct. 23-25 at the inaugural St. Andrews Collegiate Invitational in Scotland. PHOTO COURTESY RECOUNTER MEDIA LIMITED Irish Golfers Make Lifetime Memories In Scotland Irish Roundup HOCKEY (4-3-0 OVERALL, 0-0-0 BIG TEN) Blanked Mercyhurst 5-0 at Compton Family Ice Arena Oct. 27 … Opened Big Ten play at Penn State Nov. 4-5. MEN'S SOCCER (11-1-4 OVERALL, 6-0-2 ACC) Moved up to No. 5 in the United Soccer Coaches rankings after a 6-0 home win over Pitt Oct. 27 … Earned the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament for the first time since 2014 … Slated to host the winner of No. 9 Louisville and No. 8 Pitt in the quarterfinals Nov. 5. WOMEN'S SOCCER (11-2-4 OVERALL, 7-1-2 ACC) Finished the regular season ranked No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches poll … Earned the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament and fell 3-2 in a top-10 rematch with No. 7 Clemson in the semifinals Nov. 2 in Cary, N.C. … The Irish will learn their NCAA Tournament seeding Nov. 6. MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (4-0 OVERALL, 0-0 ACC) Opened the fall with a 213-87 victory at Wisconsin Oct. 6 … Hosted and defeated Purdue (177-123) Oct. 13, Penn State (257-96) Oct. 20-21 and Pitt (177.5-175.5) Oct. 20-21 … Traveled to Louisville Nov. 3. WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (2-2 OVERALL, 0-0 ACC) Began the fall with a 213-87 loss at Wisconsin … Fell 165-135 at home versus Purdue Oct. 13 … Picked up a pair of wins Oct. 20-21 in South Bend, topping Penn State 232.5-120.5 and Pitt 194-159 … Competed at Louisville Nov. 3. VOLLEYBALL (10-10 OVERALL, 4-8 ACC) Dropped a pair of home matches, falling 3-1 to Miami Oct. 27 and 3-0 to Florida State Oct. 29 … Hit the road to play at Clemson Nov. 3 and Georgia Tech Nov. 5.

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