Hawkeyes Win Baja Invitational

Feb. 12, 2008

BAJA, MEXICO – – The University of Iowa women’s golf team won its first tournament of the year Tuesday, as the Hawkeyes held off the nine-team field to take home the championship at the Baja Invitational. It was Iowa’s first tournament championship since winning the Hawkeye Intercollegiate in September 2006.

Head Coach Kelly Crawford was thrilled with the victory and looks for bigger things as the season continues.

“It’s certainly a great way to start the spring season,” Crawford said. “To play in Mexico was a real treat, but to come home with a championship is even better. This win gives us some momentum heading into the spring.”

Junior Tyrette Metzendorf was crowned Individual Champion for the second time in her career after shooting a third round score of 79 and finishing with a +8 (224). The Winter Haven, FL, native has six Top-20 finishes and four Top-10 finishes since last fall. Fellow junior Becky Quinby led the Hawkeyes during Tuesday’s round, shooting a new career best score of 74 for 18 holes. The Plymouth, MN, native finished tied for seventh place and finished with a +19 (235) for the tournament.

As a team, the Hawkeyes finished with a third-round score of 317, bringing the total team score to 941. Seniors Jill Marcum tied for 27th place (+29, 245) and Melanie Boyles finished tied for 20th place (+26, 242). Freshman Lauren Forbes (+34, 250) also competed for the Black and Gold and finished tied for 30th place.

The Hawkeyes will next be in action March 13-15, as they travel to the University of Florida for the Gainesville Shootout.

Team Results
1. IOWA 320-304-317=941
2. Kennesaw State 319-306-322=947
3. Southern Illinois 324-313-313=950
4. Bradley 320-314-319=953
5. Southern Mississippi 316-315-330=961
T6. Drake 327-328-326=981
North Texas 327-319-335=981
8. USC-Upstate 331-328-331=980
9. Northern Illinois 340-349-339=1028

Individual Results
1. Tyrette Metzendorf (IOWA) 74-71-79=224
T2. Rikki Sobel (Kennesaw St.) 78-71-80=229
Richia Wedzik (USC-Upstate) 75-78-76=229
7. Becky Quinby 82-79-74=235
T20. Melanie Boyles 85-77-80=242
T27. Jill Marcum 84-77-84=245
T30. Lauren Forbes 80-83-87=250

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