Iowa women's golf in second after first day of tourney

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 26, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women's golf team is in second place in a 17-squad tournament after it shot a 309 (21 over) at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill., on Sunday.

Senior Chelsea Harris ended the round in a three-way tie for first place with an even-par 72. Freshman Shelby Phillips also cracked the top-10 leaderboard with a 77. The Gilbert, Ariz., native is tied for eighth.

"There were some positive things today; Chelsea [Harris] obviously positioned herself to go out tomorrow and win the tournament," head coach Megan Menzel said. "As for everyone else, there's definitely room for improvement, and we are motivated to improve our play in the final round."

Two of the remaining Hawkeyes, freshman Laura English and junior Gigi DiGrazia, finished the day tied for 26th with 80s. Junior Kristi Cardwell is tied for 33rd at 81.

Iowa led the 17-team field in par-scoring (18 over), par-5 scoring (1 over), and birdies (9), according to a release. The Hawkeyes trail host Southern Illinois by 8 strokes.

— by Alex French

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