Hawkeyes Take 5th at Westbrook Spring Invite

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PEORIA, Arizona — The University of Iowa women’s golf team took fifth in a 13-team field at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Monday afternoon. The Hawkeyes posted a 287 (-1) on the final 18 holes at the Westbrook Village Vistas Golf Course to finish with a 54-hole team score of 873 (+9; 292, 294, 287). The team’s final 18 holes tie the third-best team record in Iowa history, while their final 54-hole team score tie the fourth-best record in Iowa history.

Kansas State won the team race (-3; 861), followed by Ohio State (+1; 865) and Kansas (+1; 865) tied for second.

“This was a great team effort this week,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “They finished strong yesterday and today, and Jessie’s eagle on the final hole came in clutch.”

Sophie Liu finished 10 overall, leading the way for the Hawkeyes throughout the two-day tournament. The freshman carded an even-par 72 on the final 18 holes to finish with a career-best 54 hole total of 215 (-1). Liu made par on 13 holes and added birdies on holes two and 14 in the third round. Liu’s finish ties the seventh-best 54-hole score in Iowa history.

Junior Jessica Ip and senior Jessie Sindlinger tied for 16th. Ip carded an even-par 72 in the final round for a three-round total of 216 (E). She posted 41 holes at or below par over the course of the tournament, including 13 birdies.

Sindlinger fired a two-under-par 70 in the final round for a three-round total of 216 (E). She made par on 12 holes, recorded an eagle on hole five, and tallied birdies on holes seven and 14 in her final round. Ip and Sindlinger’s finishes tie the seventh-best 54-hole score in Iowa history.

“We had a strong finish as a team,” said Sindlinger. “Westbrook is always a fun tournament, especially with all the Hawkeye fans that come out to support. We appreciate all of the support! We’ve been focusing on our composure and attitudes throughout our rounds and being positive, and I think that really showed today.”

Rounding out the Hawkeye squad were sophomores Kristin Glesne and Shawn Rennegarbe. Glesne registered a 73 (+1) in the third round to tie for 59th with a three-round total of 230 (+14), while Rennegarbe carded a third-round 77 (+5) to bring her three-round total to 231 (+15) to tie for 63rd.

Junior Elisa Suarez — competing as an individual — fired a final round 74 (+2) for a total of 230 (+14) to tie Glesne for 59th.

“The team is beginning to hit their stride and getting more comfortable each week,” said Menzel. “We are looking forward to spring break and some good training and competitive opportunities.”

The Hawkeyes return to action when they travel to St. George, Utah, to compete at the Entrada Classic from March 13-14.

“We will continue to work hard and improve each day,” said Sindlinger. “We are looking forward to Entrada!”