Feb. 28, 2005
THIS WEEK — The women’s golf team opens its spring season at the East/West Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational Thursday through Saturday. The tournament is hosted by Western Michigan and will be played on the par-71 (6,074 yards) White Wing Course at the Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, AZ. This is the third year of the tournament; its first as a 54-hole tournament. The format of the tournament is an 18-hole shotgun start at 2 p.m. (CST) Thursday and Friday, and a 9 a.m. (CST) shotgun start Saturday.
THE COMPETITION — The 18 teams competing include: UA-Little Rock, Bowling Green, Bradley, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Marshall, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana State, North Texas, Ohio, SW Missouri State, Southern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan and Xavier.
LIVE SCORING — Live scoring of the tournament is available on www.golftstat.com.
LINEUP — Competing for Iowa will be seniors Liz Bennett and Shannon Fleming, sophomores Karla Murra and Amy Riepma and freshmen Jill Marcum and Maggie Gelber.
LAST YEAR — Last season Iowa finished fourth in the East/West Rio Verde Invitational held at the Mountain View Golf Course. Kent State was the team champion. The Hawkeyes were paced by Karla Murra and Liz Bennett. Murra tied for eighth (76-74=150), while Bennett tied for 12th (75-76=151).
LAST COMPETITION — Iowa placed 12th in the 19-team Lady Razorback Invitational, Oct. 17-19 in Rogers, AR. Liz Bennett tied for 12th (75-77-77=229). Jill Marcum tied for 44th (79-83-76=238), including carding a career-best 18-hole score of 76 in the final round. Marcum sank the tournament’s only hole-in-one, which was the first of the freshman’s career.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Bobbe Carney — “I’m really looking forward to this tournament. Our practices have been going well and we’ve actually had some oppotunities to practice outside due to the good weather. This tournament is a good one to start with because it’s a reasonable golf course with a nice environment. We get great fans out for this tournament, especially Hawkeye fans. I’m very optimistic about how we can finish against the competition.”