The University of Iowa women’s golf team heads to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to open the fall season at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. The event will be played at The Championship Course at the University of New Mexico on Sept. 13-14. The first 36 holes will be contested Monday followed by the final 18 on Tuesday.
Fans can follow the tournament live via live scoring at www.GolfStat.com.
The Hawkeyes will send junior Morgan Goldstein, sophomore Klara Wildhaber, junior Jacque Galloway, senior Dana Lerner and freshman Paula Miranda to the desert for the season opener. Miranda will be making her Hawkeye debut.
Iowa will compete against a field of 16 teams that includes BYU, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Fresno State, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas State and UNLV.
The Championship Golf Course is one the finest facilities and is nationally recognized by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top-25 public courses in the country. This par 72,36 hole, 6,317-yard course has very long and wide fairways with rolling and well manicured greens. The course was the site of the 1950, 1976 and 1992 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships as well as the 1998 NCAA Championships. In 1987 the course was the site of the women’s NCAA Championships.
A HAWKEYE HOMECOMING
Junior Jacque Galloway will have a homecoming of sorts this week at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational. Galloway was a three-time 6A high school individual champion at V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, New Mexico — a suburb of Albuquerque. Galloway was also a four-time Albuquerque individual Metro champion before making her way to the University of Iowa.
Juniors Jacque Galloway and Morgan Goldstein along with sophomore Klara Wildhaber were named to the Big Ten Golfers to Watch List for the 2021-22 season.
• Galloway posted a 75.7 scoring average over 23 rounds as a sophomore. She recorded a season low score of 70 (-2) in the first at the BYU Spring Classic before going on to tie for 58th at the Big Ten Championships with a 232 (+16).
• Goldstein finished the 2020-21 campaign with a 74.4 scoring average over 20 rounds. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native recorded a career-low 69 (-3) at the Chattanooga Classic during the season. She finished her sophomore campaign tying for 24th at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 222 (+6).
• Wildhaber led the Hawkeyes with a 73.9 scoring average over 20 rounds during her first season in Iowa City. The Switzerland native tallied five top 25 finishes during the year, which included two top five finishes. Wildhaber tied for 24th at her first Big Ten Championships, finishing with a six-over par 222.
Three freshmen — Sierra Fink (Canton, Georgia), Caroline Gray (Winnetka, Illinois) and Paula Miranda (Puebla, Mexico) join the Hawkeye roster this fall.
• Fink was a two-time all-state selection and a state champion in Georgia, Gray was a two-time state qualifier and a top-20 finisher at Illinois Junior Amateur, and Miranda was a semifinalist at the 72nd U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur, finishing third overall.
The Hawkeyes will return to the links on Sept. 19-21, traveling to Madison for the Badger Fall Invitational.