Hawkeyes to Compete in Notre Dame Invitational

Aug. 31, 2004

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THIS WEEK — The women’s golf team travels to South Bend, IN, to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational. The 54-hole tournament consists of 36 holes Saturday and 18 Sunday. The tournament will be held on the par-72 (6,003 yards) Warren Golf Course. THE COMPETITION — The 17 teams competing this weekend include: Ball State, Bradley, Butler, Eastern Michigan, Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Loyola, Marshall, Notre Dame, Northern Iowa, Rutgers, Southwest Missouri State, Toledo, Washington State, Western Michigan and Xavier. NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL HISTORY — Notre Dame edged Northern Iowa by one shot to win the 2003 Notre Dame Invitational. It was the closest team finish in the four-year history of the event. Iowa won the inaugural tournament in 2001. The Hawkeyes have not competed in the Notre Dame Invitational since its 2001 victory. LINEUP — Competing this week for the Hawkeyes are senior Liz Bennett, sophomores Amy Riepma and Karla Murra and freshmen Jill Marcum and Melanie Boyles. NEW HAWKEYES — Iowa’s 10-player roster includes five newcomers, including four freshmen. Joining the Hawkeye roster this fall are freshmen Melanie Boyles (Tempe, AZ), Maggie Gelber (Winnetka, IL), Brittany Lambert (Keokuk, IA) and Jill Marcum (Clarinda, IA). Sophomore Jenna Cox (Lima, OH) transferred to the University of Iowa after playing one season at the University of Toledo. LAST YEAR — Iowa posted eight top-ten finishes in 11 tournaments. Liz Bennett recorded the team low average (77.0) during the spring. Bennett’s 2003-04 highlights include, placing 20th in the 2004 Big Ten Championships, tying for fifth in the 2003 Redbird Classic and 2003 Badger Invitational and finishing sixth in the 2004 Indiana Invitational. QUOTING COACH CARNEY — “I think we have a strong team competing this weekend. Our five players are very experienced in competitive play. We will be facing tough greens at Notre Dame’s course so we will focus on the greens this week during practice. I’m looking for a strong performance in the opening tournament of the year.”