Iowa to Indiana Invitational

April 5, 2010

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THIS WEEK: After over three weeks off, the University of Iowa women’s golf team will travel to Bloomington, IN, to compete in the 54-hole Indiana Invitational, April 10-11.

THE COMPETITION: Iowa will face 15 teams, including: Indiana, Ball State, Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State, Iowa State, Lipscomb, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri State, Oakland and Western Michigan.

NEXT COMPETITION: The Hawkeyes will have only a week off before traveling to Columbus, OH, to compete in their final regular season tournament, the Lady Buckeye Invitational (Apr. 17-18).

THE JACK RABBIT INVITE: The Hawkeyes shot 914 (302-306-306, +50) as a team and Oral Roberts won the 16-team tournament, carding an 892 (+28). Freshman Kristi Cardwell, sophomore Chelsea Harris and junior Laura Cilek all tied for 23rd place, firing a 228 (+12) each. Lauren Forbes tied for 31st carding a 231 (+15). The junior’s lowest score of the tournament was a 74 in the first round.

CILEK GETS BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Laura Cilek was named Women’s Golfer of the Week by the Big Ten Conference on March 17. 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 (Mar. 15-16), 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. 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.

FROM COACH CRAWFORD: “I’m pretty excited for the upcoming tournament. I feel that we are hitting the ball really well right now and our putts are beginning to fall. We have had a very productive couple of weeks and I can really see the confidence in the girls. We played consistently in our last tournament and we just need to keep that momentum going.”