April 8, 2016
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LUBBOCK, Texas — After climbing four spots up the leaderboard this afternoon, the University of Iowa women’s golf team sits in eighth place following Friday’s first two rounds of the Red Raider Invitational. The Hawkeyes posted scores of 306 and 286 on the first 36 holes at the Rawls Golf Course for a total of 592 (+16).
Brigham Young leads the field (-1; 575), while Purdue sits in second (E; 576).
“We are very proud of the great comeback by the team this afternoon,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “We did not play well this morning and it was great to see this team climb the leaderboard.”
Junior Jessie Sindlinger paced the Hawkeyes with a two-round total of 144 (E; 73, 71) to tie for ninth place heading to the final round. Sindlinger’s two rounds were highlighted by an impressive 29 holes at or below par, including five birdies and an eagle.
Senior Amy Ihm also had a strong day for the Hawkeyes, posting a two-round score of 147 (+3), registering rounds of 77 (+5) and 70 (-2). Ihm made par or better on 12 holes in her first round and added a birdie on holes two, seven, 11 and 17 in round two. She is tied for 20th heading to the final round.
Sophomore Jessica Ip posted a 73 (+1) in second round action for a two-round total of 150 (+6). Her rounds were highlighted by 18 holes at par, birdies on holes two (twice), seven, nine (twice), 11, and an eagle on hole 17. The sophomore is tied for 38th with one round left to play.
Rounding out the Hawkeyes were sophomore Elisa Suarez and freshman Monika Poomcharoen. The pair sits tied for 60th after carding a two round total of 156 (+12). Suarez carded rounds of 79 (+7) and 77 (+5) with 23 holes at or below par. Poomcharoen posted rounds of 84 (+12) and 72 (E). The freshman made par on 17 holes and added birdies on holes two, three, four, seven, and nine.
“We didn’t play our best the first round, but came out the second round and played really well,” said Sindlinger. “It’s always exciting to shoot an under par round and to be able to come back and shoot 20 strokes better. We are looking forward for the opportunity to improve on how we finished today.”
The final round of the Red Raider Invitational begins tomorrow with tee times beginning at 9 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.