Sept. 13, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s golf team claimed the team title at the Diane Thomason Invitational, carding a final round 290 (+2) on Sunday at Finkbine Golf Course. The Hawkeyes finished with a 54-hole total of 888 (298-300-290).
The team title is the first for the program since April 11, 2012 when the Hawkeyes posted a 884 to win the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.
“Today went well,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “They all came out composed and stuck to their game plan. They were determined, and I am proud of them.”
Sophomore Jessica Ip paced the team during the final round and in the tournament, posting rounds of 70, 69, and 73. She claimed the first medalist honor of her career, posting a four-under par 212 — 10 shots in front of runners-up Andrea Slane and Michelle Xie. Ip’s three-round total also broke Iowa’s program record of 213 for individual 54-hole performance previously set by Kristi Cardwell in 2012.
Junior Jessie Sindlinger built off her performance from day one, posting a final round 70 (-2), the best round of the day by a Hawkeye. Sindlinger finished fourth overall with a total of 223 (77, 76, 70). Senior Amy Ihm fired an even par 72 over her final 18 holes to finish tied for sixth with a 225 (76-77-72).
Sophomore Anna Kim shot a 77 during the opening 18 holes on Saturday before finishing with two career-best rounds of 75. Kim finished with a total of 227 (+11) to tie for 10th.
Freshman Monika Poomcharoen tied for 34th with rounds of 81, 78, and 75 for a 234 (+18). Senior Briana Midkiff tied for 60th with a 244 (84, 79, 81), and sophomore Morgan Kukla ended the weekend in 67th (78, 88, 82).
“I felt they came out today with more intensity,” said Menzel. “It was clear they wanted to win. They settled in, controlled the things that they had control over and got it done.”
Next up, the Hawkeyes travel to Columbia, Missouri, to compete in the eighth-annual Johnie Imes Invitational on Sept. 28-29.