ST. GEORGE, Utah — The University of Iowa women’s golf team finished sixth in a 12-team field at the BYU Entrada Classic on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes posted a 304 (+16) on the final 18 holes at Snow Canyon Golf Club to finish with a 54-hole score of 913 (+49; 307, 302, 304).
No. 12 Kent State won the tournament with a three-round 866 (+2), while No. 31 BYU finished second (879; +15).
Iowa was paced by a pair of top-15 finishes from junior Jessica Ip and senior Jessie Sindlinger. Ip tied for fifth overall, carding a one-under-par 71 on the final 18 holes to finish with a total of 219 (+3; 72, 76, 71). Her round was highlighted by five birdies, including four straight on holes 10-13.
“I took a lot of inspiration from last year,” said Ip. “Even though I didn’t play well here last year, I knew I had improved by having better ball control and a more reliable short game, so the course seemed less intimidating.
“This course is pretty demanding off the tee. I mostly focused on my alignment, because I knew I could trust my swing. I wasn’t pressing when I made those birdies; I just read the lines well and knew my putting was good enough.”
Sindlinger carded an even-par 72 in the final round to finish 11th with a 54-hole total of 221 (+5, 77, 72, 72). Her round was highlighted by 15 holes at-or-below par, including four birdies on the front nine.
“This was a great week for Jessica and Jessie,” said UI head coach Megan Menzel. “They both handled a difficult course with great composure and finished very strong. We are looking forward to getting some great short game practice in this week before gearing up for San Diego.”
Sophomore Kristin Glesne (237; +21) and freshman Sophie Liu (239; +23) tied for 45th and 49th, respectively, while junior Morgan Kukla rounded out the Iowa lineup in 57th (+29; 245).
Junior Elisa Suarez and sophomore Shawn Rennegarbe each competed as individuals. Suarez used birdies on holes six, eight, 10, and 17 to card a one-over-par 73 — her best round of the tournament. She finished in a tie for 40th with a three-round 236 (+20). Rennegarbe carded a 79 (+7) on the final 18 holes to tie for 55th (243; +27).
The Hawkeyes return to action March 20-22 when they travel to Rancho Santa Fe, California, for the SDSU March Mayhem.