April 24, 2006
THIS WEEK — The Iowa women’s golf team travels to Bloomington, IN, this weekend to compete in the Big Ten Championships. Eleven teams will play 36-holes Friday, and 18-holes Saturday and Sunday on the par-71 Indiana University Golf Course. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m Friday and Sunday and 9:00 a.m Saturday.
THE COMPETITION — The competition includes the 11 Big Ten schools: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
LINEUP — Competing for Iowa will be Jill Marcum, Karla Murra, Tyrette Metzendorf, Amy Riepma and Maggie Gelber. The sixth player has not yet been decided. Out of the six players, the four lowest scores will count.
LAST COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes finished third (out of 16 teams) at the Illini Spring Classic with a 948 (+84). Jill Marcum led the Hawkeyes with a 14 over par, 230, to finish tied for seventh. Karla Murra came in 19th, shooting 237 (+21). She carded a personal spring low round of 77.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY — Iowa won the tournament in 1991, with a score of 1,238 after playing 72 holes. At the 2005 Big Ten Championships, held at the University of Michigan, Iowa placed sixth, carding a 959 (+95). The tournament was shortened by rain. Murra came in 16th, carding 237, and Riepma finished in 28th (242).
SETTING RECORDS — Iowa set a new school record last fall with a 77.1 team scoring average. Freshman Tyrette Metzendorf is in first place on Iowa’s all-time individual top performances for 36-holes (145) reached at the Legends of Golf Shootout in the fall. Metzendorf is also in second place on Iowa’s individual performances for 54-holes, carding a 220 at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate.
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, finishing sixth in the Big Ten.
QUOTING COACH CARNEY — “This team is capable of being very competitive in the conference championship. We will need to post strong scores each day because of the strength of the conference. A finish in the top half of the conference is very doable.”
NEXT COMPETITION — The NCAA regionals are in Columbus, OH, at Ohio State University May 11-13.