Iowa women's golf wins first tournament under Menzel

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 12, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women's golf team finished first at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz.

The Hawkeyes fired a final-round 294, 6 over par, on Wednesday. The Black and Gold finished the 54-hole tournament 20-over, 6 strokes ahead of second-place Colorado State. The 554 is the second-best 54-hole score in team history.

Iowa came into Wednesday's round trailing the Rams by 6 strokes.

"This win was a great team effort," head coach Megan Menzel said in a release. "We're really excited to get this win. From the first tee shot to the last putt on the 18th, [the women] came out ready to play."

The title is Menzel's first as the head coach at Iowa. The team's last tournament win was at the Hawkeye Invitational in September 2010.

Junior Kristi Cardwell shot her first over-par round of the tournament on Wednesday; she finished the tournament at 3-under (213) with a final-round 75 and in sole possession of second place, a career best. Colorado State's Brianna Espinoza shot 68-68-72 in the three rounds and finished at 208.

Iowa's Shelby Phillips — who started the round tied for 22nd — also cracked the top-10 leaderboard; she finished in a three-way tie for ninth place, also a career-best. Phillips's even-par 72 tied with four others for the third-best individual score on Wednesday.

One of the four was teammate Lauren English. The freshman finished the tournament tied for 12th, another a career-best finish for the Hawkeyes.

The two other Iowa golfers, Chelsea Harris and Kelly Grouwinkel, tied for 32nd and 90th, respectively. Harris, a senior, carded her lowest round of the tournament with a 75. Grouwinkel finished the tournament at 25-over par, a career-low for the sophomore.

— by Alex French

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