Sept. 9, 2015
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The University of Iowa women’s golf team hosts the Diane Thomason Invitational this weekend at Finkbine Golf Course (par 72, total yards 6,142) in Iowa City, Iowa.
The 54-hole tournament begins with an 8:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start Saturday (36 holes) and concludes with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Sunday (18 holes). Live scoring will be available throughout the tournament. Links can be found on the Iowa women’s golf schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
HONORING DIANE THOMASON
Diane Thomason coached the Iowa women’s golf team from 1975-2002. Thomason led the Hawkeyes to their first Big Ten title in 1991. Her coaching honors include 1990 and 1991 Big Ten Coach of the Year, 1990 National Golf Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and 1985 LPGA National Coach of the Year.
She was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Associations Hall of Fame in 1995, and continues to lead the USA World University Championships teams, a position she assumed in 1986. Thomason was inducted into the Iowa Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2013.
The field includes 12 teams: Iowa, Bradley, Boston, Bowling Green, Delaware, Harvard, Missouri State, North Florida, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, South Dakota State, and Wichita State.
HISTORICALLY AT THOMASON INVITE
• Last year, Iowa finished second in a field of 13 teams. The Hawkeyes notched rounds of 326, 302, and 303 for a total of 931.
• Amy Ihm registered the best finish for the Hawkeyes with a 230 (+14), posting rounds of 77, 76 and 77, ending with a fifth place finish in 2014.
• In 2013 –the inaugural year of the tournament– Iowa finished sixth (+58; 922) out of 12 teams.
• Jessie Sindlinger led the Hawkeyes with a three-round total of 230 (+14) and finished 19th overall in 2013.
The number one spot in the Iowa lineup is junior Jessie Sindlinger. Freshmen Kristin Glesne and Monika Poomcharoen will make their collegiate debuts in the second and fourth spots, respectively.
Senior Amy Ihm will be third and sophomore Jessica Ip will round out the team at fifth. Senior Briana Midkiff and sophomores Elisa Suarez, Morgan Kukla, and Anna Kim, will be competing as individuals.
• Finkbine has a 6,142 -yard, par-72 layout.
• Finkbine was the site of the PGA Amana VIP Pro-Am for more than 20 years featuring the PGA’s finest.
• In 1991, Finkbine also became the host of the Ben Hogan Tour – Hawkeye Open.
• Finkbine has been the site for the 1992 and 2002 Big Ten Men’s Championships, the Hawkeye Intercollegiate and the Big Four Invitational.
• Finkbine’s signature hole –No. 13– is an island green surrounded by water offering multiple tee boxes and two greens.
3 NAMED TO B1G WATCH LIST
Three members of the University of Iowa women’s golf team — senior Amy Ihm, junior Jessie Sindlinger and sophomore Jessica Ip— have been named to the 2015-16 Big Ten Women’s Golfers to Watch List.
• Ihm competed in all six spring competitions, tallying a 76.7 scoring average — the third best average on the team.
• Sindlinger competed in all six competitions in the spring, registered a 76.5 scoring average — the second best scoring average on the team.
• Ip impressed in her first season for the Hawkeyes, competing in all six spring competitions and posting a 77.7 scoring average.
The Hawkeyes kept busy over the summer, seeing action in championship events all over the world.
• Junior Jessie Sindlinger finished second at the Iowa Women’s Amateur at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, on July 17, with a three-round total of 213 (E; 69, 74, 70). Senior Amy Ihm also competed at the event, recording a sixth-place finish after firing a three-round 223 (+10; 72, 79, 72).
• Sophomore Jessica Ip finished tied for sixth at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship after carding a four-round total of 296 (+4; 70, 69, 78, 79). Ip also tied for 15th at the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) Investors Group Women’s Amateur on July 10 and tied for ninth place at the Investors Group Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship on July 17.
• Morgan Kukla kept busy this summer competing in the 21st Annual Illinois Women’s Open in Romeoville, Illinois. The sophomore tied for 14th place with a three-round total of 223 (+4; 74, 73, 76). Kukla also collected a first-place finish at the Lake County Amateur on July 26 after carding a two-round total of 151 (+7; 76, 75).
• Freshman Kristin Glesne saw action at the Texas State Junior Championship in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, where she recorded a 26th-place finish after firing a three-round total of 226 (+10; 76, 74, 76). Glesne also tied for 14th at the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Valero Junior Texas Open on July 17, when she carded a three-round total of 242 (+26; 75, 85, 82) at the TPC San Antonio Golf Club.
Assistant coach Michael Roters comes to Iowa after serving as the lead teaching instructor for the Washington State and University of Idaho Nike Junior Camps. LPGA Futures Tour member, Kirby Dreher, also joins the women’s golf program as a volunteer assistant coach.
ON THE HORIZON
The Iowa women’s golf team hits the road for the first time during the fall season, traveling to Columbia, Missouri, to compete in the Eighth Annual Johnie Imes Invitational on Sept. 28-29.