Iowa Hosts Hawkeye El-Tigre Invitational

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The University of Iowa women’s golf team hosts the inaugural Hawkeye-El Tigre Invitational in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from April 2-4. 

• Sunday, April 2 — 18-holes, 2 p.m. (CT) shotgun start 

• Monday, April 3 — 18-holes, 2 p.m. (CT) shotgun start 

• Tuesday, April 4 — 18-holes, 8:30 a.m. (CT) shotgun start 


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


The Hawkeyes will compete in a field of 14 teams: Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Rutgers, Idaho, New Mexico State, Cal State Fullerton, Kennesaw State, Kansas, Washington, Coastal Carolina, Nebraska, Texas San Antonio, and Ole Miss. 


Seven Hawkeyes will make the trip to Mexico. Junior Jessica Ip will be in the number one spot, while senior Jessie Sindlinger will follow. Freshman Sophie Liu, sophomore Kristin Glesne, and junior Elisa Suarez round out the Hawkeye lineup. Sophomore Shawn Rennegarbe and junior Morgan Kukla will compete as individuals. 


• The El-Tigre Golf Club — Par 72 — 6,085 yards. 

• The tropical style course features extra wide fairways, beach bunkers, Bermuda greens, and a large amount of lakes for a challenging and picturesque experience. 

• The El-Tigre Golf Club was designed by Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril. 


• Junior Jessica Ip recorded the sixth-best individual performance for 54-holes with a total of 215 at the Red Raider Invitational on Sep. 13. 

• Sophie Liu registered the seventh-best individual season scoring average in Iowa history with a stroke average of 74.8 this fall, while Ip took the 10th-best place with an average of 75.5. 

• As a team, the Hawkeyes recorded the ninth-best season scoring average in Iowa history with a stroke average of 77.0 this past fall. 

• The team registered top-15 team performances for 36-holes and 54-holes in Hawkeye history at the Landfall Tradition on Oct. 30. They recorded the eighth-best 36-hole score with a 590 and the seventh-lowest 54-hole score with a total of 887. 

• Junior Morgan Kukla posted three career bests during the fall season. She recorded her lowest 36-hole score of 150 at the Red Raider Invitational on Sep. 13. The junior registered her lowest 18-hole (72) and 54-hole (224) scores at the Landfall Tradition on Oct. 30. 

• The Hawkeyes recorded top-15 team performances for 18-holes and 54-holes at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Feb. 27. A round of 287 tied the third-best team record in Iowa history, while their final 54-hole team score of 837 tied the fourth-best record in Iowa history. 

• Freshman Sophie Liu tied the sixth-best 54-hole score in Iowa history with a score of 215 at the Westbrook Spring Inviational on Feb, 27, while junior Jessica Ip and senior Jessie Sindlinger tied the seventh-best 54-hole score in Iowa history with a 216. 


• The Hawkeyes have had a total of five individual top-15 finishes in eight tournaments this season. 

• Junior Jessica Ip took second overall at the Red Raider Invitational on Sep. 13 with a one-below-par 215 on 54 holes. Ip also recorded the best finish for Iowa at the BYU Entrada Classic. She carded a three-round total of 219 (+3) to tie for fifth overall. 

• Freshman Sophie Liu finished 12th at the Greenville Regional Preview on Oct. 18 with a three-round total of 228 (+12). The freshman also finished 10th at the Westbrook Spring Invitational on Feb. 27 with a 54-hole score of 215 (-1). 

• Senior Jessie Sindlinger registered her first top-15 finish of the year at the BYU Entrada Classic. Sindlinger finished 11th with a 54-hole total of 221 (+5). 


Iowa finished 14th at the SDSU March Mayhem on March 21. The Hawkeyes fell to San Diego State and Cal in the first two rounds, before defeating Yale in the third round. Iowa lost to Idaho in the final round. 

• Freshman Sophie Liu led the Hawkeyes by winning two matches and tying one. She defeated San Diego State’s Fernanda Escauriza, 2-up, and Marianne Li, 3-and-2. The freshman finished all-squared against Idaho’s Danika Palm in the final round. 

• Junior Elisa Suarez won two matches throughout the tournament over Cal’s Amina Wolf, 5-and-3, and Yale’s Sandy Wongwaiwate, 2-and-1. 

• Junior Jessica Ip also registered two victories against San Diego State’s Haleigh Krause, 2-up, and Yale’s Julie Luo, 6-and-4. 

• Against Yale, sophomore Kristin Glesne won her match, 3-and-2, while senior Jessie Sindlinger found a 1-up victory. 


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 Iowa women’s golf team will have two weeks off before competing in the Big Ten Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 21-23.