April 18, 2012
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The University of Iowa women’s golf team travels to Columbus, Ohio this weekend for the Lady Buckeye Invitational. It will be the Hawkeyes’ final event before the Big Ten Championships (April 27-29). The 54-hole tournament will be played on the 6,268 yard, par 72 Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University Golf Club. The 11-team field will play 36 holes Saturday and 18 holes Sunday. Action will begin both days with an 8:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start. Live scoring will be available on the women’s golf schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Megan Menzel
“Our team is looking forward to playing the Scarlet Course this weekend. It is always fun to play a course that is so well respected in our part of the country. Our game plan is to approach one shot at a time and stay very patient and positive throughout the weekend. Our team has been preparing very well for this event and I look forward to them carrying great confidence into the weekend after a great victory in Arizona this past week.”
Iowa will be joined by seven other Big Ten schools at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State are all in the field. Baylor (Big 12), Iowa State (Big 12) and Kent State (MAC) will also compete at the event.
LAST YEAR AT THE LADY BUCKEYE
The Hawkeyes finished 11th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational on April 16-17, 2011. Iowa carded a 54-hole score of 997 (326-331-340, +133).
CARDWELL EARNS BIG TEN HONOR
Junior Kristi Cardwell earned her first career Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor on April 12 after her performance at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on April 9-11. Cardwell is the first Hawkeye golfer to earn the award since current assistant coach Laura Cilek received the accolade March 17, 2010. Cardwell shared the award with Paula Reto of Purdue.
HAWKEYES CROWNED CHAMPIONS
The Hawkeyes won the tournament title at the 24-team Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on April 9-11. It was Iowa’s first tournament victory since winning the Hawkeye Invitational on Sept. 13-14, 2010. The Hawkeyes fired the second-best 54-hole score in program history at the event. Iowa carded an 890 (289-304-294, +20) that included a first round 289, the lowest team round in school history.
CARDWELL’S RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE
Junior Kristi Cardwell set career-marks for 18-hole score (68), 36-hole score (138) and 54-hole score (213) at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Cardwell finished a career-best second at the tournament. The Kokomo, Ind., native’s 68 sits second in the record book. Cardwell’s 36-hole score of 138 and three-round total of 213 tied teammate Chelsea Harris’ school records.
FRESHMEN SET SEASON-BEST FINISHES
Freshmen Lauren English and Shelby Phillips posted season-best finishes at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on April 9-11. English tied for 12th after posting a seven-over 223 (74-77-72). Phillips tied for ninth, the first top-10 finish of her Hawkeye career. Phillips recorded a season-low 222 (73-77-72, +6).
GROUWINKEL DEBUTS IN LINEUP
Sophomore Karly Grouwinkel played in the Hawkeye lineup for the first time in her career at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. The Mt. Prospect, Ill., native posted career-best 18- (74), 36- (155) and 54-hole (241) scores at the event.