March 14, 2016
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ST. GEORGE, Utah — The University of Iowa women’s golf team sits in second place following Monday’s first two rounds of the Entrada Classic. The Hawkeyes posted scores of 299 and 306 on the first 36 holes at the Entrada, played at Snow Canyon Golf Course, for a total of 605 (+29).
Brigham Young leads the 14-team field (+12; 588), while Boise State sits in third (+36; 612).
“We competed well today for about 25 holes and we struggled coming in down the stretch,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “Tomorrow we need to get back to being patient and trusting our process. Amy and Monika were outstanding in round one today and Elisa really came up big for us this afternoon. We look forward to competing tomorrow.”
Senior Amy Ihm paced the Hawkeyes with a two-round total of 148 (+4; 70, 78) to secure seventh place heading to the final round. Ihm’s two rounds were highlighted by 27 holes at or below par, including seven birdies.
“Today was a good learning experience for me. I’ve never been leading a tournament before and instead of sticking to the process I got quick, hit some bad shots and lost a lot of confidence from it,” said Ihm. “Tomorrow is a new day and another opportunity for our whole team to improve. I’m confident we’ll bounce back and put together a good final round.”
Sophomore Elisa Suarez also had a strong day for the Hawkeyes, posting a two-round score of 150 (+6), registering rounds of 77 (+5) and 73 (+1). Suarez made par or better on 12 holes in her first round and added a birdie on holes nine, 14, and 16 in round two. She is tied for ninth heading into Tuesday’s final round.
Junior Jessie Sindlinger and sophomore Jessica Ip are tied for 24th after each carding a two-round 156 (+12). Sindlinger carded rounds of 77 (+5) and 79 (+7) with 23 holes at or below par, while Ip posted rounds of 75 (+3) and 81 (+9). The sophomore made par on 17 holes and added birdies on holes one (twice), two, 11, and 14.
Rounding out the Hawkeyes was freshman Kristin Glesne, who is tied for 33rd with a two-round total of 157 (+13; 81, 76). Freshman Monkia Poomcharoen — competing as an individual — is tied for ninth with a two-round total of 150 (+6). The freshman’s six-over-par score marks the lowest 36-hole score of her career by nine strokes.
Play at the Entrada Classic concludes on Tuesday with a final round of 18 holes. Tee times begin at 9:30 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.