Sept. 11, 2014
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The University of Iowa women’s golf team opens the 2014-15 campaign in the 31st annual Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Michigan, Sept. 13-14. The 54-hole tournament hosted by Michigan State University features a field of 15 teams and will be held at Forest Akers West Coast Golf Course (par 72, 6,236 yards). Live scoring will be available via BirdieFire.com.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Megan Menzel:
“The team is really excited to compete. I feel good about our schedule this year. It was nice to have the extra week of preparation and get everybody settled. It will be fun to have a few new faces in the lineup and see what Iowa golf is all about this year.”
Teams and individuals will play 36 holes on Saturday, beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. (CT). The first two rounds of Saturday’s competition will determine pairings for the final 18 holes set to begin Sunday at 8:30 a.m. (CT). The team score for each round will be determined by the four lowest individual scores.
Jessie Sindlinger, Amy Ihm, Jessica Ip, Nicole Rae, and Elisa Suarez will all be competing for the Hawkeyes, while Jessie Jordan will compete as an individual. Freshmen Ip and Suarez will make their collegiate debuts.
The 15-team field consists of Central Michigan, East Tennessee State, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State, Florida International, Grand Valley State, Houston, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oakland, Toledo, and Western Michigan.
LAST YEAR IN THE SEASON-OPENER:
The Hawkeyes opened the season last year at the Chip-N-Club Invitational and finished fourth with a 54-hole score of 910 (+46). Shelby Phillips carded a 67 (-5 ) in the final round to place tied for fifth overall and tie Iowa’s all-time best single-round performance and set a new tournament record.