|ISU women’s golf drops to sixth at Hawkeye Invitational|
|Written by J. Ross Mason, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Monday, 20 September 2010 19:24|
The ISU women’s golf team traveled to Iowa City, Iowa for the Hawkeye Invitational this past weekend.
The Redbirds started off strong in the first round, securing fourth place, but by the final round they fell two spots and finished sixth among the eight teams competing in the invite.
“It’s hard to hide our disappointment surrounding our play this weekend, especially following such a solid performance last weekend at our home event,” ISU Head Coach Darby Sligh said.
The first of three rounds began early Saturday with the Redbirds collectively shooting a 33-over-par 321, placing them in fourth.
Junior Hannah Bachman led the team by stroking a six-over-par 78, tying her for 12th place.
Behind Bachman was freshman Jordyn Wyzgowski with an eight-over-par 80, tying her for 17th place. Just a solitary stroke behind the freshman sat sophomore Katie Jean, who tied for 19th place with a nine-over-par 81.
The overall winner of the first round was the Iowa Hawkeyes, with a 13-over-par 301.
“Although we didn’t score as well as we would have liked, I’m proud of the student-athletes’ attitudes throughout such a long day,” Sligh said.
As the tournament progressed to the second round, things got a little rougher for competitors as Mother Nature popped her head in.
The weather became too harsh and the tournament was postponed. Due to the delay, the remainder of the second round was also postponed to the following day.
“It was a tough day for us,” Sligh said. “Multiple rain delays, wind and tough sloping greens gave way to a mediocre performance for everyone. We had trouble making the necessary adjustments to take advantage of soft conditions.”
Though the conditions were less than ideal, the Redbirds trudged on. For the second round, the ‘Birds scored a 39-over-par 327.
This time freshman Brianna Cooper, the winner of last weekend’s Redbird Invitational, lead the pack with an eight-over-par 80. Cooper was followed by Jean, who scored a nine-over-par 81. Wyzgowski and senior Terra Miller rounded things out for the ‘Birds with a 11-over-par 83.
The Redbirds dropped to sixth-place after the eventful second round.
In the third and final round, ISU was unable to climb back up the ranks and concluded the tournament in sixth place. The golfers, however, gave it a valiant effort while collectively hitting their best round with a 22-over-par 311.
Once again, Bachman lead the Redbirds, clocking her best round by firing off a three-over-par 75. Miller followed behind with a six-over-par 78. Wyzgowski and Cooper rounded things out by both stroking a seven-over-par 79.
As a team, ISU scored a 95-over-par 959 (321-327-311).
“I am proud of the way we fought back in the final round, although it didn’t make a difference in the final standings,” Sligh said.
She added, “Our spirits are still high despite our struggles, and we are using this as a learning experience and moving forward this week.”
Overall, Bachman topped the boards for the ‘Birds, with a 23-over-par 239 (78-86-75), which was good for a 15th place tie. Jean and Wyzgowski followed close behind as both tied for 20th place by firing off a 26-over-par 242.
The Hawkeyes took their home tournament with a team score of 62-over-par 926 (301-313-312). Second place went to Ball State, with a 68-over-par 932 (309-314-309). And North Dakota State, 75-over-par 939 (317-314-310), took third.
The individual title went to North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson who shot a two-under-par 214 (74-70-70). Brittany Kelly, of Ball State, came in at second with a four-over-par 220 (71-75-74) and Iowa’s Kristi Cardwell, who posted an 11-over-par 227 (74-78-75), took third.
The Redbirds will head to Lawrence, Kan., Sept. 27 to compete in the Marilynn Smith Invite.