LAS VEGAS — The University of Iowa women’s golf team finished stroke-play at the UNLV Rebel Beach Invitational on Tuesday with a 54-hole score of 895 (+31). The Hawkeyes finished the tournament in fourth place out of 13.
The Hawkeyes’ second-round score of 284(-4) is the second best 18-hole score in program history and Iowa’s best performance since 2015 when the Hawkeyes recorded a 282 at the Johnie Imes Invitational during the 2015 fall season.
The record breaking did not stop there. Sophomore Lea Zeitler led the Hawkeyes, placing second in the tournament with a 54-hole score of 216 (E) and etching her name in the Iowa record books, tying for 10th on the top-15 individual performance list.
Zeitler’s recorded the 18-hole tournament low during the second round with a score of 66 (-6) – this mark is the lowest individual performance for 18 holes in the Iowa Women’s Golf record book. Zeitler carded 30 pars and 13 birdies over three rounds.
“I had a really solid week,” Zeitler said. “Today, there were really windy conditions, so I just tried to go out there and be very patient. I made a good game plan before and worked on some things with my coaches and just went in with a clear mind.”
Freshman Klara Wildhaber tied for fifth place with a 54-hole score of 219 (+3). Wildhaber shot 34 holes at par and collected nine birdies.
Sophomore Morgan Goldstein tied for 19th with a 54-hole score of 225. Goldstein tied her career-low in the second round with a score of 72 (E). Goldstein shot 37 at par.
Sophomore Jacquelyn Galloway followed, tying for 61st. Galloway shot a 54-hole score of 235 (+19) and carded 30 at par. Junior Dana Lerner recorded a three-round score of 253 (+37).
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH MEGAN MENZEL
“There is a lot to build on this week. The second round definitely shows what this team can do together. Lea’s 66 was great to see and all her hard work is certainly starting to show. Klara has been rock-solid and is knocking on the door to some red numbers. We are excited to keep the momentum going and get back on the road this weekend.”
The Hawkeyes travel to Kiawah Island, South Carolina, to compete at the Palmetto Collegiate on Feb. 21-22.