Sept. 11, 2012
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LINCOLN, Neb.– The University of Iowa women’s golf team finished its final round Tuesday at the Chip-N-Club Invitational with a fifth place finish in the field of 13 teams. Iowa fired a team total 315 (+27) in the final round of the tournament, finishing ahead of Xavier by four strokes. Iowa carded a 54-hole score of 939 (+75).
“It was good to get the first tournament under our belts,” head coach Megan Menzel said. “The conditions were a good challenge and we walked away with some things to work on.”
Sophomore Lauren English continued her stellar play and carded a 76 (+4) in her final round of the tournament, placing eighth overall in a field of 73 golfers. The result was English’s first top-10 finish of her collegiate career. English had a shaky start, bogeying three of her first four holes, but then rallied to birdie two out of the next three holes. On the back nine, English played steady golf, sinking pars on eight of the final nine holes, including five in a row to finish.
“Lauren was very steady over the three days,” Menzel said. “It was good to see her get the first top-10 finish of her career.”
Senior Kristi Cardwell had her best round of the tournament Tuesday, bringing home a 77 (+5) to finish tied for 21st with a three-round total 237 (+21). Cardwell began her round with a birdie on hole No. 3 but finished the first nine four-over. Cardwell stayed composed and carded birdies on holes No. 12 and 14 for a 37 (+1) in her final nine holes.
Senior Gigi DiGrazia, finished 28th individually after wrapping up her final round with a score of 79 (+7). DiGrazia was able to birdie the par-5 17th, which came in as the third toughest hole heading into todays’ final round. DiGrazia shot a 54-hole total of 239 (+23).
Gilbert, Ariz. native Shelby Phillips finished her final round with an 83 (+11). Holes 11 through 15 proved to be Phillips’ best, as she holed a birdie on No. 11 and followed that up with four consecutive pars.
Freshman Briana Midkiff saw her first collegiate action this weekend in Lincoln and finished the tournament with an 84 (+12). Midkiff finished her final round with two pars and a birdie. She tied for 32nd place with a 241 (+25).
Junior Karly Grouwinkel competed as an individual this week. She finished tied for 36th with a 243 (+27). Grouwinkel started off play with a bogey, but then settled down to par the next four holes. She tallied an 87 (+15) in her final round.
The Hawkeyes return to action next Monday, Sept. 17, at the Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, NM.