Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — Senior Jessica Ip notched her second top-20 finish of the season to pace the University of Iowa in the third round of the Hawkeye-El Tigre Invitational on Saturday. The Hawkeyes carded a 54-hole score of 906 (+42), tying for 11th.
No. 16 Arizona finished first with a three-round total of 875 (+11); No. 46 Kennesaw State (892; +28) finished second and No. 29 Wisconsin finished third.
Freshman Rachel Fujitani lead the way for the Hawkeye individuals, finishing with a 54-hole score of 229 (+13). Fujitani tied for 37th. Freshman Annalee Dannegger finished 79th with a three-round score of 260 (+44) in her Hawkeye debut.
IOWA’S TOP PERFORMER
Ip notched two birdies in the final round, finishing third in the tournament with 11 birdies. She finished with a three-round score of 222 (+6), tying for 11th.
Freshman Stephanie Herzog carded three birdies in round three to jump 14 spots on the individual leaderboard. She tied for 58th with a 54-hole score of 235 (+19).
QUOTING HEAD COACH MEGAN MENZEL
“This has been an awesome experience and we feel like we made some good progress in our games this week. Today we played very solid for the first 14 holes and we definitely struggled down the stretch. I am pleased with Stephanie’s 75 today, she struggled on the greens yesterday and came out with a good mindset today. Jessica had another solid week and I know she has some strong golf ahead of her this next month.”
“Coming early to practice definitely helped me get more comfortable with the course since it’s bermuda grass and different than what we’re used to. Every day was windy, so it was also good to be able to practice executing different types of shots. I hit the ball well and made some momentum-building putts on the first day, so I was happy with my performance after 36-holes. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep that momentum during the last round, but we leave for another tournament in a few days and I’m still feeling good about my game so I’m excited and ready for this next event.”
The Hawkeyes travel to Tempe, Arizona, to compete in the Arizona State Invitational on March 23-25.
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