Hawkeyes to Host Hawkeye Intercollegiate

Sept. 21, 2004

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THIS WEEK — The women’s golf team hosts the 2004 Hawkeye Intercollegiate Friday-Saturday, Sept. 24-26. The tournament will be held on the par-73 (6,053) Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. This will be the 30th time Iowa has hosted the Hawkeye Intercollegiate. Furthermore, it marks only the sixth time Iowa will host the tournament in the fall.

THE COMPETITION — The nine teams competing in the Hawkeye Intercollegiate feature: Arkansas-Little Rock, Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Iowa-A, Iowa-B, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Southwest Missouri State.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT — The 54-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a 1:30 p.m. shotgun Friday, tee times off holes 1 and 10 beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and a 9 a.m. shotgun Sunday. The award ceremony will take place at approximately 1:30 p.m. following the tournament.

HAWKEYE INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY — Iowa placed third in the 10-team tournament played in the spring of 2002. Michigan was crowned the team champion. Liz Bennett placed 23rd with a 54-hole score of 235. Shannon Fleming finished 39th with a score of 243. Iowa has won the tournament five times (1976, 1977, 1981, 1990 and 2000).

LINEUP — Competing for Iowa-A will be senior Liz Bennett, sophomores Amy Riepma and Karla Murra and freshmen Jill Marcum and Brittany Lambert. Competing for Iowa-B will be senior Lauren Cole, sophomore Jenna Cox and freshmen Melanie Boyles and Maggie Gelber.

LAST COMPETITION — Iowa struggled in the 2004 Lady Northern Invitational, placing 13th in the 15-team field. Shannon Fleming, who played in her first fall tournament, led the Hawkeyes carding a 232 and tying for 33rd place. Amy Riepma tied for 61st after stroking a 242.

NEW HAWKEYES — Iowa’s 10-player roster features 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.

QUOTING COACH CARNEY — “Our players are excited about playing on their home course this weekend. They have been working hard. I think they have a better grip on handling the greens and the course will be a challenge for the visiting teams. I’m optimistic for what the outcome will be this weekend.”