Kelli Oride, a freshman at Notre Dame University, carded a two-over par 74, Tuesday to finish in the top five at the Hoosier Fall Invitational at the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
The Irish played the ball to the final holes, dropping to Eastern Michigan by just one stroke, 912 to 913, the second place finish being the best for the Irish this season.
Notre Dame, following 36 holes of play, led the tournament by four strokes over the University of Illinois and by six strokes over Eastern Michigan.
Notre Dame senior Becca Huffer of Denver, Col. captured her first career individual title, firing a one-under par 71 during the final round, Tuesday, jumping from a fourth-place tie following 36 holes to first at the tournament’s end. Huffer fired a 54-hole total of four-over par 220.
Oride, a graduate of Kaua‘i High School where she was its No. 1 girls golfer, started the final round tied for eighth place following a 78-73-151 36 holes.
Bogeys on the first two and three of the opening five holes slowed her before she found birdies at No. 9, 14 and 16, putting her right behind Huffer at the battle for the top spot.
She fell to a final round 74 for a 54-hole total of 225 for a tie for fourth place, her best showing of her Notre Dame career.
Following Oride, Notre Dame got a 238 (77-81-80) from senior Katie Allare of Phoenix, Ariz., and a 249 from sophomore Kristina Nhim of Cypress, Calif.
Coach Susan Holt will close out the Irish’s fall schedule in 10 days when they travel to Wilmington, N.C. to participate in the Landfall Tradition played at the Country Club of Landfall, Oct. 28 through 30.
Notre Dame finished sixth at that tournament last year.