LUBBOCK, Texas — The University of Iowa women’s golf team concluded play at the Red Raider Invitational on Tuesday to tie for sixth place with Santa Clara. The Hawkeyes carded a 907 (+43; 300, 303, 304) at the two-day tournament, played at the Rawls Course.
New Mexico State claimed the team title after firing an 880 (+16; 294, 291, 295) — nine strokes better than second-place Texas Tech (+25; 889).
Leading the Hawkeyes was junior Jessica Ip, who capped off the tournament with a third-round score of 70 (-2). Her three-round total of 215 (-1; 71, 74, 70) earned has a second-place overall finish — her highest finish since winning the Diane Thomason Invitational on Sept. 13, 2015. The Richmond, Ontario native recorded 12 at par and four birdies on holes four, six, 17, and 18 in the final round.
Freshman Sophie Liu recorded the second best finish for the Hawkeyes. Liu scored a 226 (+10), carding rounds of 77 (+5), 74 (+2), and 75 (+3), on her way to a tie for a 22nd finish in her collegiate debut. The newcomer made par on 11 holes and scored two birdies on holes three and eight in the final round.
Junior Morgan Kukla also had a strong day for Iowa, recording a final score of 227 (+11) to place 30th, posting rounds of 74 (+2), 76 (+4), and 77(+5). Kukla made par or better on ten holes on Tuesday, including four birdies on holes two, nine, 11 and 13.
Rounding out the Hawkeyes were senior Jessie Sindlinger and junior Elisa Suarez. Sindlinger posted rounds of 78 (+6), 79 (+7), and 82 (+10), making par or better on ten holes in Tuesday’s final round to tie for 57th overall. Suarez registered 83 (+11) in the third-round, placing 72nd with a three-round total of 251 (+35).
The Hawkeyes return to action on Sept. 26-28, when they travel to Vail, Colorado, for the GolfWeek Conference Challenge.