Hawkeyes Open Season at Red Raider Invitational

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The University of Iowa women’s golf team kicks off the 2016-17 season at the Texas Tech Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas from Sept. 12-13.

• Monday, Sept. 12 — First and Second Rounds — 8:00 A.M. (CT)

• Tuesday, Sept. 13 — Final Round — 8:00 A.M. (CT)

Live scoring will be available throughout the tournament on Golfstat.com. Links can be found on the Iowa women’s golf schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.

Fifteen teams will compete at the event: Iowa, Texas Tech, Augusta, Central Arkansas, East Tennessee State, Kennesaw State, North Florida, North Texas, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Princeton, Santa Clara, Tulsa, and Wichita State.

The number one spot in the Iowa lineup is senior Jessie Sindlinger. Junior Jessica Ip will follow in second. Freshman Sophie Liu will make her collegiate debut in the third spot.  Juniors Morgan Kulka and Elisa Suarez round out the Hawkeye lineup.

• The Rawls Golf Course — Par 71 — 6,541 yards.

• The course is known for its rolling fairways, beautiful bent grass greens, and many deep bunkers.

• The Rawls Course at Texas Tech was designed by golf course architect Tom Doak.

• Last season, Iowa finished fifth in a field of 14 teams. The Hawkeyes notched rounds of 306, 286, and 298 for a total of 890 (+26). 

• In April 2016, Jessie Sindlinger had the best finish for the Hawkeyes at the Red Raider Invite. Her even-par 216 (73, 71, 72)  earned her a fourth-place finish and marked the best 54-hole score of her career.

Three members of the University of Iowa women’s golf team — senior Jessie Sindlinger, junior Jessica Ip, and freshman Sophie Liu — were named 2016-17 Big Ten Women’s Golf Preseason Honorees.

• Jessie Sindlinger competed in all six competitions in the spring, averaging a 73.7 strokes per-round — the best on the team.

• Jessica Ip competed in all six competitions, scoring a 74.4 stroke average — the second best on the team. Ip earned the first medalist honor of her career, winning the Diane Thomason invite with a four-under-par 212 on Sept. 13.

• Sophie Liu is beginning her collegiate career this fall. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native was one of just six freshmen named to the watch list.

The Hawkeyes kept busy over the summer, competing in championship events all over the world.

• Senior Jessie Sindlinger won the Iowa Women’s Amateur at Finkbine Golf Course with a score of 217, posting rounds of 71, 75, and 71.

• Junior Morgan Kulka also competed in the Iowa Women’s Amateur finishing third with a score of 227, with rounds of 73, 78, and 76.

• Junior Jessica Ip and newcomer Sophie Liu competed in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships.

• Ip qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships after tying for second at the Brampton Golf Club in Ontario, Canada, on June 27th, with a score of 71 (E).

• Liu qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships after tying for first at the Kensington Country Club in Naples, Florida, on July 14th, with a score of 69 (-2).

The 2015-16 season was one of the best in Hawkeye history for the women’s golf team, as they went on to break countless school records.

• Eight of the top-15 individual performances for 54-holes were recorded last season. Ip carded the second-lowest performance with a score of 212 at the Diane Thomason Invitational, Sindlinger broke the record for sixth-place twice with a score of 216 at both the Westbrook Spring Invitational and Red Raider Invitational, and Ip (Westbrook Spring Invite) and Sindlinger (Big Ten Championships) tied for the ninth-lowest record with a score of 217.

• As a team, the Hawkeyes placed in the top-15 team performances for 18-holes eleven different times, breaking the overall record at the Johnie Imes Invitational with a score of 282.

• The team also went on to break the record for best team performance for 36-holes with a score of 571 at the Johnie Imes Invitational. They placed themselves in the top-15 seven different times over the course of the season.

• The team broke the record for top team performance for 54-holes with a score of 864 at the Johnie Imes Invitational and managed to place themselves in the top-15 four different times throughout the season.

• Iowa broke the record for best team season scoring average with an average of 73.9.

• The Hawkeyes recorded four of the top-20, last season, individual season scoring averages. Sindlinger ‘s average of 73.7 ranks second all-time, while Ip and Suarez tied for third with averages of 74.4.

This season, the Hawkeyes welcome three newcomers — Shawn Rennegarbe, Sarah Overton, and Sophie Liu — to the 2016-17 squad. Rennegarbe
is a sophomore transfer from Arkansas with three more years of eligibility. Liu and Overton are incoming freshman this year.

The Iowa women’s golf team heads Vail, Colorado, to compete in the GolfWeek Conference Challenge on Sept. 26-28.