Women's golf struggles on second day in Texas

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 02, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa women's golf team took a step back on Tuesday at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.

The Hawkeyes shot a combined 25-over 313 and fell from a tie for seventh place at the start of the round to 13th by the end of the day. The performance came one day after the team posted its best single-round score of the season, a 9-over 297.

When asked what was different between the two rounds, head coach Megan Menzel said the players let bad shots stay in their minds for too long.

"We just mentally got in our own way today," she said. "Shelby [Phillips] obviously had a nice round again today, but for the most part, everyone else struggled out there a bit."

While the team struggled on Tuesday, Phillips put together a solid round at the University of Texas Golf Club. The freshman fired a 3-over 75, which put her in a tie for 13th place.

"She's looking very confident. I was really proud of her," Menzel said. "She finished with three really good pars today. I don't think it came as easily [Tuesday] as it did [Monday], but she really managed to stay with it and finish strong."

Senior Chelsea Harris is in a tie for 39th place after shooting a 77. Freshman Lauren English is tied for 46th after a 79, and junior Kristi Cardwell is tied for 55th place after carding an 82. Gigi DiGrazia rounded out the Hawkeyes' card with an 82; she sits in 78th place.

Menzel said the Hawkeyes need to refocus as it prepares for the final round of action.

"We have to get back to what we know works: playing one shot at a time," she said. "A couple players had a bad hole today; we have to get better about letting it go and looking at the shot in front of us instead of continuing to let the bad shots stay with us and pull us down."

The team will tee off the final round this morning in Austin. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com.

— by Tork Mason

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