March 12, 2012
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The University of Iowa women’s golf team opens play at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational tomorrow. The University of Hawaii is hosting the two-day, 54-hole tournament at the 5,907 yard, par 72 Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course on the Marine Corps Base in Kane’ohe, O’ahu, Hawaii. The 14-team field will tee off at noon (CT), with 36-holes being completed Tuesday and the final round held Wednesday. Live scoring will be available on the women’s golf schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Megan Menzel
“I am very excited for our team to have the opportunity to compete in Hawaii this week. Kaneohe Klipper is such a beautiful setting by the ocean and is a golf course that will definitely test our games. It will be a great challenge to play one shot at a time and stay positive since most likely we will face some wind and wet conditions.”
Senior Chelsea Harris, juniors Kristi Cardwell and Gigi DiGrazia, and freshmen Lauren English and Shelby Phillips will compete for the Hawkeyes. Coach Menzel has penciled in the same lineup in all seven of Iowa’s tournaments this season. Freshman Nicole Rae will play as an individual.
Iowa will be joined by 13 other teams including; Coastal Carolina, Gonzaga, Hawaii, UH-Hilo, Idaho, Montana State, Northern Colorado, North Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, UC Davis, UTEP and Washington State.
HAWKEYES SET SCHOOL RECORD
The Hawkeyes carded a 54-hole school-record 879 (290-294-295, +15) on Feb. 26-27 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. The previous school best was an 888, set at the Challenge at Onion Creek on Nov. 2-3, 2009. Iowa also tied the 36-hole school record with a combined first and second round score of 584. The Hawkeyes first round 290 tied for the second-lowest team round in school history.
FIVE FOR FIVE
All five members of the Hawkeye lineup set shot season-best 54-hole scores at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Feb. 26-27. Chelsea Harris led Iowa with a 217 (74-73-70, +1), Lauren English and Gigi DiGrazia carded 221’s, while Shelby Phillips posted a 224 (73-76-75, +8). Kristi Cardwell rounded out the Hawkeye scorecard with a 225 (71-79-75=225).
HARRIS COMES CLOSE TO OWN RECORDS
Senior Chelsea Harris fired a one-over 217 (74-73-70) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Feb. 26-27, the second-best 54-hole in program history. In addition, her combined second and third round score of 143 tied the second-best 36-hole in school history. Harris holds the school records for 36-hole score (140) and the 54-hole score (213).
DiGRAZIA SETS CAREER-BESTS
Junior Gigi DiGrazia set new career-marks for 18, 36 and 54-hole scores at the Westbrook Invitational. DiGrazia recorded a 221 (72-74-75, +5) that included a 146 first and second round score and a first-round 72.