Cilek Earns Big Ten Women's Golf Honor

March 17, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa junior Laura Cilek has been named Women’s Golfer of the Week by the Big Ten Conference.

Cilek, a native of Iowa City (West HS), earned the award for the first time in her career. Cilek recorded a 54-hole total of 228 (+12) at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Primm, NV, helping the Hawkeyes to a sixth place finish in the 16-team field.

Cilek opened the tournament with a three-over par 75 in her first round, then shot 77 and 76 in rounds two and three, respectively. She has scored in the 70’s in five consecutive rounds over Iowa’s last two tournaments.

“I’m very proud of Laura. She has played very consistently in our first two events,” said Iowa Coach Kelly Crawford. “I can see her confidence; I see her enjoying being out there on the golf course. This is a great honor for Laura and it’s good for our program. She is a great example of how consistent our team has played in our first two tournaments.”

Due to travel complications, the Hawkeyes did not arrive at the tournament site until late Sunday and did not have the opportunity for a practice round before playing the first two rounds of the event on Monday.

The Big Ten honor is the first for an Iowa women’s golfer since Tyrette Metzendorf and Becky Quinby were recognized on March 18, 2009.

The Hawkeyes return to action on April 10-11, competing in the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, IN.