April 12, 2005
THIS WEEK — The women’s golf team travels to the state of Ohio to compete in the Lady Buckeye Invitational, April 16-17 in Columbus. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the par-72 (6,201) Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Tournament play begins with 36 holes on Saturday. The final 18 holes will be played Sunday.
THE COMPETITION — The 15 teams competing include: Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kent State, Marshall, Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Toledo and Western Michigan.
LINEUP — Competing for the Hawkeyes will be seniors Liz Bennett and Shannon Fleming; sophomores Karla Murra and Amy Riepma; and freshmen Jill Marcum and Maggie Gelber. The lowest four scores will count towards the team score.
LAST COMPETITION — Iowa moved from 11th to seventh in the final round of competition at the 19-team Indiana Invitational played April 2-3, in Bloomington. The Hawkeyes shared seventh place with Big Ten foes Wisconsin and Illinois. Senior Liz Bennett paced the Hawkeyes placing fifth with a score of 154, while freshman Jill Marcum finished 21st with a score of 160. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather on the first day of competition.
BENNETT LEADS HAWKEYES — Senior Liz Bennett has placed fifth or better five times this season. The native of Sway Hampshire, England, placed first in the Hawkeye Intercollegiate and Sunflower Invitational in the fall. She finished second in the East/West Rio Verde Invitational and fifth in both the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational and Indiana Invitational this spring.
LAST TIME AT OHIO STATE — The last time Iowa competed on the Scarlet Course, it placed eighth in the 2004 Big Ten Championships. Liz Bennett finished 20th, shooting a 25-over par (313), while Amy Riepma stroked a 28-over par (316) and placed 24th in the 54-hole tournament.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Bobbe Carney — “This weekend’s tournament will be a good test for us on a difficult golf course. The biggest challenge for the players is the thick and long rough, which puts a premium on staying in the fairway.”