Oct. 13, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s golf team fired a 306 (+18) on Sunday in the final round of the Diane Thomason Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course. The Hawkeyes earned sixth place with a 54-hole total of 922 (+58), moving up one spot on the leaderboard on the final day.
“We finished well today,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “We were stronger coming down the stretch; that was good to see. We had some good pars and some good birdies, and that’s what we talk about doing every tournament to be up there.”
Iowa’s top finisher was freshman Jessie Sindlinger, who registered a 75 (+3) in the final round. Sindlinger’s score of 230 (+14) tied her for 19th, improving eight spots from Saturday.
Sophomore Briana Midkiff finished in a tie for 21st, carding a 79 (+7) Sunday to contribute to her 231 (+15) tournament total.
Junior Nicole Rae fired a 77 (+5) to finish the tournament with a 233 (+17), tying for 26th.
“Nicole continues to become a nice, consistent player for us,” said Menzel. “We’ve been seeing more and more improvement out of her each and every time out. We’re excited about that.”
Junior Shelby Phillips carded an 81 (+9). Phillips’ 54-hole total of 235 (+19) tied her for 34th. Senior Karly Grouwinkel finished in a tie for 44th, as she fired her tournament low 75 (+3) in the final round. Grouwinkel registered a 236 (+20) total.
Three Hawkeyes competed as individuals. Junior Lauren English posted an 80 to finish with a 238 (+22) and tie for 53rd. Sophomore Amy Ihm totaled a 246 (67th), firing an 81 (+9) in round three. Freshman Allison Lindley carded her tournament best of 76 (+4) to put her 54-hole score at 254.
“We have one more week, and then we head to Campbell,” said Menzel. “We need to continue to get better at our short game and build some confidence, so we can finish the fall season strong.”
The Hawkeyes round out their fall schedule at the Fighting Camel Classic on Oct. 21-22. The tournament will be hosted by Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.