Hawkeyes Return to Arizona

April 6, 2012

Complete Release | 2011-12 Season Results

The University of Iowa women’s golf team will hit the links at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on April 9-11. The Hawkeyes will compete in a 24-team field at the 6,184 yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. The 54-hole tournament will begin each day with an 8:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start. Live scoring will be available on the women’s golf schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.

“We are looking forward to playing at Ocotillo. We have heard that it is an outstanding golf course and will be a fun challenge for our games. With our weather being so warm this week and our golf courses in such great shape we have been able to get out and play a lot of holes. The last time we were in Arizona we were fortunate to play in front of a lot of Hawkeye fans and that meant a lot to our players. I know it will be a similar situation this week and our players are eager to compete in the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic”

Iowa will debut a new lineup at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Senior Chelsea Harris, junior Kristi Cardwell, sophomore Karly Grouwinkel and freshmen Shelby Phillips and Lauren English will compete for the Hawkeyes. Grouwinkel is in the Hawkeye lineup for the first time in her career.

Iowa will be joined by host Wyoming, Boise State, Colorado State, Creighton, Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Seattle, South Dakota State, Southern Utah, UC Riverside, Utah Valley, UTEP, Weber State, Wichita State and Xavier. The field includes the defending team champion, Portland State, and individual champion, Britney Yada (Portland State). Yada won last year’s event with a three-under 213 (71-70-72).

Freshman Shelby Phillips will be right at home at the Ocotillo Golf Resort. The Chandler, Ariz., native was a standout at Highland High School, as she placed four-times at the Arizona 5A-1 State Championship. Phillips will play in her home state for the second time this spring. The Hawkeyes played at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Feb. 26-27 in Peoria, Ariz. Phillips carded a season-best 54-hole score of 227 at the event.

Senior Chelsea Harris finished in a career-best second place tie with a 148 (72-76, +4) at the Saluki Invitational on March 25-26. Harris bested a fourth place finish at the Hawkeye Invitational on Aug. 18-19, 2010. It was Harris’ second-straight top-10 finish. The Normal, Ill., native finished tied for ninth at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on March 13-14.

Junior Kristi Cardwell picked up her second top-10 finish of the season March 25-26 at the Saluki Invitational. The Kokomo, Ind., native ended the 36-hole tournament tied for ninth at 156 (81-75, +10). Her other top-10 finished occurred Feb. 19-20 at the Claud Jacobs Challenge in Victoria, Texas, when she finished a season-best seventh.