Feb. 22, 2016
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PEORIA, Ariz. — The University of Iowa women’s golf team took ninth in a 15-team field at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Monday afternoon. The Hawkeyes posted a 286 on the final 18 holes at the Westbrook Village Vistas Golf Course to finish with a 54-hole team score of 871 (+7; 293, 292, 286). Iowa’s 871 team score is the second lowest 54-hole record in program history.
“This was a solid start for our team,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “We got better the last couple of days and we have good momentum going into South Carolina.”
Oregon won the team race (-10; 854), followed by Ohio State (-5; 859) in second and Kansas State in third (-3; 861).
Jessie Sindlinger led the way for the Hawkeyes throughout the two-day tournament, finishing 18th overall. The junior carded a 71 (-1) on the final 18 holes to finish with a career-best 54 hole total of 216 (E). The junior made par on 11 holes and added birdies on holes six, 10, 11 and 15 in the third round.
“It was fun to get out and compete again,” said Sindlinger. “Westbrook is a great tournament and a good way to start out the spring. I was hitting the ball well to my targets, just needed some putts to fall. It’ll be nice to have a few days to work on some short game and get back out and compete again next week.”
Senior Amy Ihm and sophomore Jessica Ip tied for 23rd. Ihm carded a 71 (-1) in the final round for a three-round total of 217 (+1). She posted an impressive 46 holes at or below par over the course of the tournament.
Ip fired a 73 (+1) in the final round for a three- round total of 217 (+1). Ip made par on 12 holes and recorded birdies on holes two, four, and five in her final round.
Rounding out the Hawkeye squad were sophomore Elisa Suarez and freshman Kristin Glesne. Suarez registered a 71 (-1) in the third round, tying for 48th with a three round total 222 (+6), while Glesne carded a third-round 77 (+5), bringing her three-round total to 232 (+16).
Senior Briana Midkiff — competing as an individual — fired a final round 78 (+6) for a season best three-round total of 234 (+18).
“Coming into this tournament we wanted to improve every round and we accomplished that,” said Sindlinger. “We came out today and shot under par so that was exciting. We learned a lot about what we need to work on and are looking forward to next weekend in South Carolina.”
The Hawkeyes travel to Kiawah Island, South Carolina, to compete at the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic from Feb. 28 – March 1.