April 22, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS — After first round action at the Big Ten Championships, the University of Iowa women’s golf team is tied for 10th with No. 39 Michigan State in the 14-team field, one stroke behind Ohio State for ninth. The Hawkeyes registered a first round 292 (+4) at the Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis.
No. 35 Purdue leads the field (-5; 283), while No. 7 Northwestern sits in second (-4; 284).
“We got off to a good start and finished well,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “We struggled a bit mid-round but we were pleased with the way the team finished today. We are looking forward to the challenge of climbing the leaderboard the next two days.”
Junior Jessie Sindlinger paced the Hawkeyes, firing a first round 71 (-1). Sindlinger’s round was highlighted by birdies on holes six, eight, 13, and 14. The junior is tied for 17th place with 36 holes left to play.
Sophomore Jessica Ip recorded the second-best finish on the day for Iowa. Ip made par or better on 14 holes en route to an even-par 72. Ip is currently tied for 23rd.
Senior Amy Ihm also had a strong day for the Hawkeyes, posting a first-round 73 (+1). Ihm made par or better on 14 holes, including birdies on holes seven, nine, and 11. She is tied for 29th heading into Saturday’s second round.
Freshman Monika Poomcharoen posted a 76 (+4) in first round action to contribute to Iowa’s team total. Her round was highlighted by nine holes at par and birdies on holes 12, 15, and 16. The freshman is tied for 55th with two rounds left to play.
Rounding out the Hawkeyes are sophomores Anna Kim and Elisa Suarez. Kim’s first round was highlighted by 12 holes at par or better, while Suarez made par or better on 11 holes. The pair is tied for 61st and 77th, respectively.
Play at the Big Ten Championship continues Saturday with tee times off the Fort’s holes one and 10 beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.