Hawkeyes Swing Into Spring

Feb. 15, 2011

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The University of Iowa women’s golf team will open its spring schedule Feb. 20-22 at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic. The 54-hole event will be held at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C. Action will take place on two courses, the par 72, 6,001 yard Cougar Point Golf Course and the par 72, 5,907 yard Oak Point Golf Course. Live stats will be provided at Golfstat.com.

“We’re very excited about this weekend and the girls are chomping at the bit to get back on grass. I have high expectations. There will be over 30 teams at the event and I feel like we can win it after the great fall season we had.”

Iowa will be part of a 33 team field that includes; host College of Charleston, Akron, Arkansas State, Bucknell, Campbell, Central Arkansas, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Daytona State C.C., Drake, Elon, Faulkner, Florida International, Houston Baptist, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Longwood, Miami, Middle Tennessee State, Nebraska, Newberry, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, Presbyterian, Richmond, South Carolina State, USC Upstate, Western Carolina, Wichita State, William & Mary, Winthrop and Wofford.

The Black and Gold competed in five tournaments during a record-setting 2010 fall. The team average was 78.1, the third best season scoring average in program history. Iowa won the Hawkeye Invitational, shooting a 926 (301-313-312). The host Hawkeyes placed four individuals in the tournament’s top 10 en route to winning the event for the first time since 2006. Iowa also placed third at the Badger Invitational. The team carded an 894 (299-297-298). The score was the fourth best 54-hole total in school history and marked the first time a team had posted three consecutive sub-300 rounds. The Hawkeyes low-scorers in the fall were junior Chelsea Harris and sophomore Kristi Cardwell. They both averaged a 75.7, tying for third in the record books. Cardwell also recorded the low round of the fall, shooting a 69 at the Challenge at Onion Creek. The 18-hole score was the third-best in program history.

The Hawkeyes have signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. Lauren English of Bloomington, Ill. and Shelby Phillips of Gilbert, Ariz. will join the Black and Gold in the fall of 2011. Both are ranked in the top 75 nationally and considered the No. 2 player in their respective state.