Feb. 28, 2016
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Following Sunday’s first round play at the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic, the University of Iowa women’s golf team is tied for ninth place after posting a 300 (+12). The Hawkeyes played today’s opening round at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Osprey point.
Chattanooga leads the 41-team field (-5; 283), while College of Charleston sits in second (+2; 290).
“It was a tough day for the Hawks,” said assistant coach Michael Roters. “We had a strong individual performance from Jessica Ip. She played a solid round of golf and is tied for 4th out of 216 girls. We are excited at the opportunity to climb our way back into the mix.”
Sophomore Jessica Ip paced the Hawkeyes, firing a first round 70 (-2). Ip’s round was highlighted by an eagle on hole eight and birdies on holes two, four, 11, and 12. The sophomore is tied for fourth place.
“I hit some good drives that gave me good birdie opportunities which I took advantage of,” said Ip. “Overall I feel like I managed the course well today.”
Senior Amy Ihm recorded the second-best finish on the day for Iowa. The senior made par on 12 holes en route to a 74 (+2). Ihm is currently tied for 25th.
Junior Jessie Sindlinger also had a strong day for the Hawkeyes, posting a first-round 75 (+3). Sindlinger made par or better on 11 holes, including birdies on holes one, seven, eight, and 16. She is tied for 39th heading into Monday’s second round.
Rounding out the Hawkeyes are freshman Kristin Glesne and sophomore Elisa Suarez, who both carded an 81 (+9) in Sunday’s opening round. Glesne’s first round was highlighted by 11 holes at par, while Suarez made par or better on eight holes. The pair is tied for 140th. Senior Briana Midkiff — competing as an individual — is tied for 211th with a first round total of 94 (+22).
Play at the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic continues Monday with tee times off Oak Point’s holes one and 10 beginning at 8:15 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.