Iowa Opens Play at B1G Match Play

PALM COAST, Florida — The University of Iowa women’s golf team dropped a pair of matches on Monday in the first day of Big Ten Match Play, contested at the par 72 Innisbrook-Island Golf Course.

The ninth-seeded Hawkeyes fell to 10th-seeded Rutgers, 4-1-1, during the morning session and to third-seeded Nebraska, 4-0-2, in the afternoon.

Freshman, Paula Miranda notched an individual victory over Rutgers, downing Leigha Devine, 4 & 3. This was Miranda’s first career match play victory.

Sophomore, Klara Wildhaber tied RU’s Rikke Nordvik. Against the Huskers, junior Lea Zeitler and senior Dana Lerner tallied ties against Vavrova and Takahashi.


“We saw a lot of good stretches of golf today. It felt good to be competing again and to get some feedback about where each player is with their game. The team is eager to get back out there tomorrow and is hungry to get a win”

Rutgers def. Iowa, 4-1-1
Paula Miranda (UI) def. Leigha Devine (RU), 4&3
Klara Wildhaber (UI) ties Rikke Nordvik (RU)
Lucrezia Rossettin (RU) def. Morgan Goldstein (UI), 2&1
Maeve Rossi (RU) def. Lea Zeitler (UI), 2&1
Nicole Ewing (RU) def. Dana Lerner (UI), 1UP
Sun Hwang (RU) def. Manuela Lizarazu (UI), 1UP

Nebraska def. Iowa, 4-0-2
V Bouvet (NEB) def. Paula Miranda (UI), 6&5
L. Thiele (NEB) def. Morgan Goldstein (UI), 2UP
K. Baete (NEB) def. Klara Wildhaber (UI), 1UP
M. Whittaker (NEB) def. Manuela Lizarazu (UI), 4UP
M. Vavrova (NEB) ties D. Lerner (UI)
M. Takahashi (NEB) ties Lea Zeitler (UI)

The Hawkeyes return to play tomorrow morning at 7:15 a.m. (CT) for their final round of Big Ten Match Play.