Women's Golf Opens Season

Sept. 5, 2006

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THIS WEEK — The women’s golf team opens its fall season at home with the Hawkeye Intercollegiate. The 54-hole tournament will be held on Iowa’s par-73 (6,631 yards) Finkbine Golf Course. The teams will play 36 holes Saturday and 18 Sunday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

THE COMPETITION — The nine competing teams include: Central Arkansas, Eastern Illinois, Iowa, Illinois, Loyola Chicago, Missouri State, Northern Illinois, South Dakota State and Western Illinois.

LINEUP — Competing for the Hawkeyes on the tournament team will be Jill Marcum, Amy Riepma, Tyrette Metzendorf, Karla Murra and Becky Quinby. Competing as individuals will be Melanie Boyles and Alison Cavanaugh.

SEASON OUTLOOK — The University of Iowa’s women’s golf team is evenly split among the classes after competing with no seniors last season. The team is made up of two seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and one freshman.

LAST SEASON IN REVIEW — After a slow start to the fall season, the 2005-06 Iowa Hawkeyes followed with a remarkable spring. The team had five tournaments in the spring and fall, finishing in the top five in four. With a score of 1,223 at the Big Ten Championships, the Hawkeyes rank first on Iowa’s school record for team performances for 72 holes. Their eighth place finish was led by Riepma, who tied for 15th, and Murra, who tied for 19th.

KEY RETURNEES — Sophomore Metzendorf, a native of Winter Haven, FL, led the team with an average of 76.4. Senior Riepma, a native of Clear Lake, IA, recorded three top ten finishes throughout the season and marked her name in the Iowa record book four times.

HAWKEYE INTERCOLLEGIATE HISTORY — Last year, Iowa won this tournament on its home turf. Then freshman Tyrette Metzendorf was medalist in her first collegiate appearance, carding a 220.

HEAD COACH Kelly Crawford — In her first year as Iowa’s Head Coach, Kelly Crawford hopes to improve Iowa’s record in the Big Ten. Before coming to Iowa she was the first head women’s golf coach at the University of California-Irvine, an NCAA Division I school and member of the Big West Conference. She spent six seasons as head coach of the Anteaters.

QUOTING HEAD COACH Kelly Crawford — “I expect us to defend our championship. I’m excited to host and have already seen improvements in the girls in just two weeks.”