March 10, 2011
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The University of Iowa women’s golf team will compete in the second annual Jackrabbit Invitational March 14-15. The 54-hole tournament will be hosted by South Dakota State at Primm Valley Golf Club. The first and second rounds will begin on the par 71, 6,029 yard Lakes Course at 10:15 a.m. (CST) Monday with a shotgun start. Tuesday’s final round will also start at 10:15 a.m. (CST). Live scoring will be provided at Golfstat.com
QUOTING HEAD COACH Kelly Crawford
“I feel really good about the upcoming tournament. My expectation is a win and that is very attainable for this team. The girls have their own motivation for a successful tournament. If we just play to our ability and make good decisions on the course we should have a great showing in Nevada.”
Iowa will be part of a 14 team field that includes; South Dakota State, Oral Roberts, Southern Utah, UMKC, Oakland, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, Drake, Western Illinois, North Dakota State, North Dakota, Bucknell and Missouri State.
All eight Hawkeyes will travel to Nevada. Iowa will take the scores of Kristi Cardwell, Woojay Choi, Laura Cilek, Lauren Forbes and Chelsea Harris. Brianna Coopman, Gigi DiGrazia and Karly Grouwinkel will all compete as individuals.
LAST YEAR AT THE JACKRABBIT INVITATIONAL
The Hawkeyes finished sixth out of 16 teams last year at the Jackrabbit Invitational after shooting a 914 (302-306-306). Kristi Cardwell, Laura Cilek and Chelsea Harris all tied for 23rd after posting 228’s (+12).
LAST TIME OUT
Iowa competed at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic Feb. 20-22 in its first competition of the 2011 spring. The event, hosted by the College of Charleston, included a field of 33 teams and 172 student-athletes, making it the largest women’s collegiate golf tournament in the country. The Hawkeyes carded 54-hole score of 953 (312-218-323) to finish in 23rd place. The Hawkeyes played the first round on the Cougar Point Course before finishing the final two rounds on the Oak Point course. Iowa’s top individual was junior Chelsea Harris. Harris ended in a 76th place tie after firing a 236 (79-76-81) over the three day tournament. The Hawkeyes lowest 18-hole score of the tournament came courtesy of senior Laura Cilek, who posted a first round 74 (+2).