Cilek Honored by Big Ten

April 26, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa senior Laura Cilek was honored with the Big Ten Women’s Golf Sportsmanship Award for the fourth consecutive season Monday. The Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who display sportsmanship and ethical behavior, are in good academic standing and demonstrate good citizenship outside of athletics.

“Laura has been a tremendous ambassador of our team, our athletic department, and The University of Iowa,” said Head Coach Kelly Crawford. “I am so proud of Laura’s attitude, not only on, but off the course as well. I know she will continue to represent the university with the utmost class. Hawkeye fans everywhere should be proud of their athlete. Laura is well deserving of this honor.”

Cilek, an Iowa City native, opened her final season as a Hawkeye with three top ten finishes. She followed a career-best 4th place finish at the Chip-N Club Invitational (74-74=148, +4) by placing seventh at Iowa’s next two tournaments (Hawkeye Invitational, Badger Invitational). The Iowa City West alum’s 234 (76-77-81, +18) at the Hawkeye Invitational contributed to Iowa winning its own event for the first time since 2006. She posted the best round of her career of 70 (-2), the 10th best 18-hole score in school history, at the Badger Invitational en route to firing a career-best 54-hole score of 221 (70-77-74, +5). The 221 stands as the 11th-best 54-hole score in program history. She ended the fall with a 77.1 average after playing in 14 rounds.

In the spring, Cilek owned an average score of 79.9 over 16 rounds. Her best finish came at the Jackrabbit Invitational, where she tied for 29th after firing a 232 (76-80-79, +19).