Sept. 25, 2015
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The University of Iowa women’s golf team hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Columbia, Missouri, to compete in the Eighth Annual Johnie Imes Invitational on Sept. 28-29 at The Club at Old Hawthorne.
The 54-hole tournament begins with an 8 a.m. (CT) shotgun start Monday (36 holes) and concludes with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Tuesday (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.
The field includes 18 teams: Iowa, Akron, Arkansas State, Bradley, Coastal Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Illinois State, Kansas State, Mercer, Middle Tennessee, Missouri State, Mizzou, Rutgers, UALR, UMKC, USF and Wichita State.
HISTORICALLY AT JOHNNIE IHMES INVITATIONAL
•This year marks the fourth time the Hawkeyes have competed at the Johnnie Ihmes Invite in the tournament’s eight-year history.
• The Hawkeyes last competed in the event on Oct. 1, 2012– when they finished sixth in the 19-team field, carding a three-round score of 896 (+32; 302, 301, 293).
•Iowa’s final round score of 293 (+5) was its best 18-hole round of the fall season.
•The Hawkeyes also attended the tournament in 2008 and 2009 where they finished 10th (+71; 935) and 16th (+97; 961), respectively.
At the top of the line-up in the number one spot will be sophomore Jessica Ip followed by junior Jessie Sindlinger. Senior Amy Ihm, sophomore Elisa Suarez and senior Briana Midkiff round out the Hawkeye lineup.
• The Club at Old Hawthorne has a 6,204 -yard, par-72 layout.
•The course features three different types of grass — the tees feature Alpha Bent grass, fairways are Zoysia grass and the greens are T1 bent grass.
•The Club has hosted the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championships and the NCAA Men’s Regional Golf Championship since opening in 2007.
• Ip finished 10 shots in front of runners-up Andrea Slane and Michelle Xie.
• The individual title is Iowa’s first since Feb. 14, 2008 when Tyrette Metzendorf won the Baja Invitational after carding a three-round total of 224 (74, 71, 79).
•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.
A TITLE TO START
The Hawkeyes claimed the team title at the Diane Thomason Invitational, carding 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 an 884 to win the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Four Hawkeyes — Ip, Sindlinger, Ihm and Kim– notched top-10 finishes.
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 Hawkeyes travel to Las Cruces, N.M., to compete at the New Mexico State Aggie Invitational on Oct. 5-7.