Iowa To Host Hawkeye Intercollegiate

Sept. 6, 2005

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THIS WEEK — The women’s golf team opens the season at home with the Hawkeye Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the par-73 (6,631 yards) at Finkbine Golf Course. The tournament format consists of a shotgun start of 36 holes Saturday (9 a.m.) and 18 holes Sunday (9 a.m.). All times listed are central.

THE COMPETITION — The Hawkeye Intercollegiate features nine teams: Ball State, Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Iowa, Loyola, Missouri State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State.

LINEUP — Competing for the Hawkeyes will be juniors Jenna Cox and Karla Murra; sophomores Jill Marcum and Melanie Boyles; and freshman Tyrette Metzendorf. Three of the girls have previous intercollegiate experience. Junior Amy Riepma; sophomores Maggie Gelber and Brittany Lambert; and freshman Becky Quinby will compete individually.

SEASON OUTLOOK — With no returning seniors, the Iowa women’s golf team will face its competition with a young, but talented group. This is the second time in four years that Iowa will not have any seniors on its roster. However, three of the top four golfers are returning from last season. This fall the Hawkeyes will also play at the Mary Fossum, Lady Northern, Legends of Golf and Lady Razorbacks invitationals.

KEY RETURNEES — Juniors Karla Murra and Amy Reipma are the most experienced of anyone on the team in terms of collegiate competition. Murra, the team captain, tied for 16th place at both the Big Ten Championships and Hawkeye Intercollegiate last season. She ranked fourth on the team in overall scoring (80.7). Riepma recorded three top-ten finishes in the 2004-05 season, including a career-best fourth place finish at the East/West Rio Verde Invitational. She also ranked second on the team in overall scoring (80.0).

HAWKEYE INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY– Last year the Hawkeyes won the tournament with a total result of 943. Three Iowa golfers finished in the top ten. Prior to last year, Iowa had last won the tournament in April of 2000.

HAWKEYE COACH — Coach Bobbe Carney is in her fourth year as Iowa’s head women’s golf coach. Last season, the Hawkeyes posted their best season under her guidance. She is excited to introduce Chad Mejia in his first season as assistant coach. Carney believes Mejia will be a nice compliment to the team.

QUOTING HEAD COACH Bobbe Carney — “We are really excited about the season. We have a good, strong lineup. The girls played well this weekend in the qualifying rounds for the Hawkeye Intercollegiate.”