April 17, 2016
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Iowa women’s golf team tied for fifth in a 12-team field at the Lady Buckeye Invitational Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes posted a 294 — their best round of the tournament — on the final 18 holes at the Scarlet Golf Course to finish with a 54-hole team score of 904 (+40; 306, 304, 294).
“It was a solid finish to the tournament,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “The team played much better golf today and I am proud of them for climbing the leaderboard. We have good momentum heading into the Big Ten Championship this week.”
Kent State won the team race (+14; 878), while Ohio State finished second (+19; 883).
Senior Amy Ihm led the way for the Hawkeyes throughout the two-day tournament, tying for sixth place overall — her sixth top 10 finish of the season. The senior carded an even-par 72 on the final 18 holes to finish with a total of 220 (+4). She made par on 12 holes and added birdies on holes one, eight, and 18 in the final round.
“We bounced back pretty well today after two poor rounds the first day,” said Ihm. “Jessie stepped up today with an under par round and I gained momentum watching her make birdies in the group ahead of me.
“As a team I think we all could agree we need to work on putting but we’re really looking forward to Big Ten Championships and getting after it the next couple days before we leave again.”
Junior Jessie Sindlinger recorded the second best finish for the Hawkeyes, carding a one-under-par 71 in the final round to tie for 11th place overall. Sindlinger carded 15 holes at par or better, including birdies on holes four, 12, 16, and 17.
Sophomores Anna Kim and Jessica Ip tied for 37th and 39th, respectively. Kim fired a 74 (+2) in the final round for a three-round total of 234 (+18). She posted an impressive 35 holes at or below par over the course of the tournament. Ip carded a 77 (+5) in the final round for a three-round total of 235 (+19). The sophomore made par on 12 holes and added birdies on holes three, four, and 11 in her final round.
Rounding out the Hawkeye squad were freshman Monika Poomcharoen and sophomore Elisa Suarez. Poomcharoen registered a 77 (+5) in the third round, tying for 52nd with a three round total 239 (+23), while Suarez carded a third-round 80 (+8), bringing her three-round total to 242 (+26).
The Hawkeyes begin postseason play on April 22-24 when they travel to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship.