Iowa Starts Spring Season in Florida

March 3, 2010

THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa women’s golf team will start off its spring season at the Eagle Landing Invitational competing in a three-day tournament (Mar. 7-9) in Orange Park, FL. The Iowa travel team this weekend includes: Kristi Cardwell, Laura Cilek, Brianna Coopman, Gigi DiGrazia, Lauren Forbes and Chelsea Harris.

THE COMPETITION — Iowa will face 16 teams, including: JMU, Kennesaw State, Illinois, UT Chattanooga, Kansas State, Longwood, Yale, South Florida, Elon, Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson, Georgetown, High Point, Jacksonville, Central Arkansas and Florida.

NEXT COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes will go to Primm, NV during spring break to compete in the Jack Rabbit Invite Mar. 15-16. Team’s schedule to compete include: SDSU, Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, UMKC, Cleveland State, Loyola College (Maryland), Oakland, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Drake, Western Illinois, NDSU, North Dakota, Arkansas State, Youngstown State, Nebraska and South Dakota State.

ONION CREEK CHALLENGE RECAP — The University of Iowa women’s golf team has finished its fall season with added experience and a lot of progress. The Hawkeyes made progress in all but one tournament this fall, going from shooting a team 964 in the Mary Fossum Invitational to kick off the fall season, to an 888 score to end the season. All five Iowa competitors recorded their lowest score of the season in the final event. With that, sophomore Chelsea Harris and junior Brianna Coopman recorded team-low and individual record breaking scores, 69 and 67, respectively.

FROM COACH CRAWFORD — “I’m anxious to get to Florida to see what the team can do,” Crawford said. “Everyone has been working really hard this winter and I have seen some very positive changes. We came off of a really good tournament in Texas at the end of the fall and would like to continue with that momentum. I have a good feeling about this spring.”

“The field will be good with some ranked teams. I feel very confident with our ability and believe we can have a strong finish. our goals will be to play consistently and mind our composure on the course. That has hurt us in the past. Patience will be key. It’s our first time on grass in awhile so we will stay patient and not try to make too much happen early on. It’s a three-day tournament (18 holes each day) which I think will be a good way to start the season versus the typical two-day events with 36 holes in one day.”

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