Iowa Looks to Continue Improving at Jack Rabbit Invitational

March 10, 2010

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THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s golf team will travel to the Jack Rabbit Invitational, a two-day tournament (Mar. 15-16) in Primm, NV. The first day Iowa will play two rounds starting at 7 a.m. (CT) and the second day will feature the final 18 holes. The Iowa travel team this weekend includes: Alison Cavanaugh, Kristi Cardwell, Laura Cilek, Brianna Coopman, Gigi DiGrazia, Lauren Forbes and Chelsea Harris.

THE COMPETITION: Iowa will face 16 teams, including: Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, Missouri-Kansas City, Cleveland State, Loyola College (Maryland), Oakland, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Drake, Western Illinois, North Dakota State, North Dakota, Arkansas State, Youngstown State, Nebraska and South Dakota State.

NEXT COMPETITION: The Hawkeyes will have three weeks off before returning to action at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, IN (Apr. 10-11).

EAGLE LANDING INVITATIONAL: The Hawkeyes improved everyday in the three-day Eagle Landing Invitational. After a rough first day, Iowa shaved off 20 strokes in round two and an additional seven strokes in the third round. The Black and Gold finished in 15th place, having shot a 943 (330-310-303, +79) as a team. South Florida won the tournament with a 898 (+34). The Hawkeyes were paced by Laura Cilek the final day. The junior shot an even par 72. She drained three birdies in her final run of the course. Chelsea Harris led the Hawkeyes in individual standings, tying for 32nd with a 231 total.

FROM COACH CRAWFORD: “I was really happy for the team and how well we finished our first tournament, especially after the slow start. After the last round they all wanted to keep playing. That’s a good thing. That’s exactly the attitude we need to take to Nevada next week. Everyone is hitting the ball really well and we are finally getting that feel around the greens we need. I think everyone is really excited to get back out there and compete next week. We made some great adjustments with putting mechanics and those modifications paid off in the last round. If they keep hitting the ball well and have the confidence to get the ball in the hole, I think our chances look really good.”