April 24, 2016
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INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Iowa women’s golf team concluded its’ spring season at the Big Ten Championships Sunday, tying for ninth overall. After posting rounds of 292 (+4) and 295 (+7), Iowa jumped two spots up the leaderboard during round three with a 289 (+1). The Hawkeyes tallied a 54-hole total of 876 (+12) — their best championship result by 34 strokes.
Northwestern and Ohio State both took home a share of the Big Ten title for the second consecutive year with a score of 852 (-12).
“As a team we are certainly leaving disappointed with our overall finish but I am proud of this group for moving up today,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “What a great day for Amy, to finish the tournament with a 68 and a new Hawkeye 54-hole record. She has put together an outstanding senior campaign and we are all so happy for her.”
Senior Amy Ihm paced the team during the final round and in the tournament, posting rounds of 73, 70, and a career-low bogey-free 68 (-4). Ihm’s career-low three-round total of 211 (-5) breaks Iowa’s program record of 212 (-4) for individual 54-hole performance previously set by Jessica Ip at the Diane Thomason Invitational. The senior tied for fourth place overall and was named to the All-Big Ten Championship Team — the program’s first All-Big Ten selection since Stacey Bergman (1998) and eighth in program history.
Junior Jessie Sindlinger recorded the second best finish for the Hawkeyes, carding a two-under-par 70 in the final round to tie for 21st place overall. Sindlinger carded 16 holes at par or better, including birdies on holes four, five, seven, and eight.
Sophomores Jessica Ip and Elisa Suarez tied for 54th and 65th, respectively. Ip fired a 75 (+3) in the final round for a three-round total of 226 (+10). She posted an impressive 37 holes at or below par over the course of the tournament.
Suarez carded a 75 (+3) in the final round for a three-round total of 228 (+12). The sophomore made par on 13 holes and added a birdie on the first hole in her final round.
Rounding out the Hawkeye squad were freshman Monika Poomcharoen and sophomore Anna Kim. Poomcharoen registered a 75 (+4) in the third round, tying for 71st with a three round total 229 (+13), while Kim carded a third-round 81 (+9), bringing her three-round total to 238 (+22).
“This year has been a team effort and I am proud of the accomplishments this team has earned,” said Menzel. “This group of players is helping to move Iowa Golf in the right direction.”
The Hawkeyes will find out if they have done enough to qualify for NCAA Regional competition on Monday, April 25. The selection show begins at 5 p.m. (CT) on Golf Channel.