Hawkeyes 2nd Through 36 Holes at Pinehurst Challenge

Oct. 12, 2015

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PINEHURST, N.C. — The University of Iowa women’s golf team is second in the 19-team field following the first two rounds of the Pinehurst Challenge on Monday. The Hawkeyes posted scores of 288 and 285 on the first 36 holes at Pinehurst Resort’s Course No. 1 for a total of 573 (-3).

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East Carolina leads the field (570; -5), while Chattanooga and Elon tie for third (575; -1).

“We played very steady today as a team,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “It was great to see some birdies late. I think we have some really good momentum going into tomorrow. We are looking forward to the opportunity to compete for a win.”

Senior Amy Ihm, junior Jessie Sindlinger, and sophomore Elisa Suarez all paced the Hawkeyes, each firing a two-round total of 143 (-1). Ihm’s two rounds were highlighted by 29 holes at or below par, including two eagles on holes two and 18.

Sindlinger made par on 14 holes, eagled hole two and birdied hole eight in round one before making par on nine holes and birding holes four, six, 11, 15 and 18 in round two. Suarez made par on 26 holes and added six birdies in two rounds of action. The trio is currently tied for 14th.

Sophomore Jessica Ip and freshman Kristin Glesne also had a strong day for the Hawkeyes, both carding a two-round 146 (+2). The pair each carded rounds of 75 (+3) and 71 (-1). Glesne’s second-round 71 marks her lowest finish as a Hawkeye.

“I was really happy with how I finished,” said Glesne. “This was my first under-par round as a collegiate golfer so that was really exciting. It’s awesome to be able to do it at such a historic place.”

Ip’s two rounds were highlighted by 29 holes at or below par, while Glesne made par on 22 holes and added birdies on holes one, two, five, 12, 16 and 17. The pair is tied for 33rd with one round left to play.

“I’m so excited for our team and all the achievements we’ve been making,” said Glesne. “I’m feeling great going into tomorrow. We’re all looking forward to keeping the momentum we’ve had these past few weeks.”

The final round of the Pinehurst Challenge begins tomorrow with a 7:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.

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