Heading West Again

March 24, 2011

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The University of Iowa women’s golf team will tee off March 28-29 at the Anteater Invitational. UC Irvine will host the 54-hole tournament at the par 71, 5,890-yard Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, Calif. Teams will play 36 holes Monday before playing the third round on Tuesday. Both days will begin with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. (CT). Live scoring will be provided at Golfstat.com.

“We are really excited to go out to California and play at Dove Canyon. The girls played well in our last tournament and we have had some really good practices this week. It will be nice for me to return to UC Irvine as well, as I have very fond memories of my time there.”

The Hawkeyes will compete in a 12 team field that includes; Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Hawaii, Idaho, Long Beach State, Nevada, Northern Colorado, San Francisco and Portland State. The tournament’s top individual will be Idaho’s Kayla Mortellaro. Mortellaro won the event last year after shooting a 214 (71-75-68, +1) and is currently the seventh-ranked amateur in the world.

THE LINEUP Iowa’s scorecard will be filled out by Kristi Cardwell, Laura Cilek, Gigi DiGrazia, Lauren Forbes and Chelsea Harris. Woojay Choi will compete as an individual.

LAST TIME OUT The Hawkeyes finished third out of 14 teams while competing in the Jackrabbit Invitational March 14-15. Iowa carded a 910 (307-305-298, +58) playing on the par 71, 6,029-yard Lakes Course at Primm Valley Golf Club in Primm, Nev. Kristi Cardwell led Iowa by firing a 223 (78-73-72, +10) over the 54-hole tournament to finish ninth. Five of the seven Hawkeyes who competed posted spring-low rounds. Cardwell’s third round 72 (+1) was a personal and team-low 18-hole score for the spring.

Sophomore Gigi DiGrazia set four career bests at the Jackrabbit Invitational. The Addison, Ill. native tied for 21st place after carding a 230 (79-77-74, +17), recording her career-best finish and 54-hole score. DiGrazia’s third round 74 was her lowest 18-hole score as a Hawkeye, while her final two rounds combined score of 151 (77-74, +10) was also the best mark of her career.