March 20, 2015
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TUCSON, Arizona — The University of Iowa women’s golf team completed first and second round action at the Mountain View Collegiate on Friday, registering a two-round total of 592 (+16), posting rounds of 295 and 297. The team currently sits 14th after day one in the field of 20 teams, two strokes behind Colorado State. With one round left to complete Florida International 570 (-6) leads the event.
“It was a tough day as a team for us. We felt like we let some shots get away and the birdies were just not coming very easily,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel.
Amy Ihm led the Hawkeyes, tallying a two-round total 144 (E). She registered a round-one score of 74 (+2), making par on 14 holes. The junior improved in round two, firing a 70 (-2). She birdied holes one, six and 16 and made par on 14 more holes. Her efforts have her tied for 20th.
“Amy had a very solid second round and played great golf down the stretch,” said Menzel.
Senior Shelby Phillips recorded the second best finish on day one for Iowa. Phillips carded a two-round 148 (+4), posting rounds of 75 (+3) and 73 (+1). She made par on 13 holes and birdied hole 16 in round one before making par on all holes of the front nine and birding holes 12, 16 and 17 in round two. She currently sits tied for 45th.
“Shelby also looked really good. We are looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunity to make a climb up the leader board,” noted Menzel.
Jessie Sindlinger and Elisa Suarez both finished two strokes behind Phillips with scores of 150 (+6). Sindlinger posted a round-one 72 (E), birding holes one, eight and nine. She turned around and tallied a round-two 78 (+6). Suarez carded a first-round 74 (+2), birdieing holes three, nine and 14. She then posted a second-round 76 (+4). Sindlinger and Suarez both sit tied for 57th. Jessica Ip ends day one tied for 97th (77 and 81).
Iowa concludes competition in Tucson on Saturday, with the third and final round.