Cardwell earns first Big Ten honor

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 13, 2012 6:30 AM

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Iowa golfer Kristi Cardwell has been named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the week following her second-place finish at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Wednesday.

Cardwell had the performance of her life over the three-day tournament; the Kokomo, Ind., native beat all her career-best records in the tournament. Her runner-up finish is the highest she ever placed, and her 3-under 213 is also a personal record.

Cardwell shot under par for the first two rounds and shot only 3-over to round her score out at 68-70-75.

The junior shot 138 through 36 holes, setting a school record. Cardwell also tied with teammate Chelsea Harris for the 54-hole school record of 213.

This is Cardwell's first conference honor. She shares the title with Purdue junior Paula Reto, who also finished second at an invitational early in the week.

"This is a much-deserved honor for Kristi," head coach Megan Menzel said in a release. "She has had a great week and continues to make a committment to improve her level of play. I am glad to see her confidence continue to grow."

The tournament bumped Cardwell's number of rounds at or below par up to a team-leading total of five. She also leads the team with her low18-hole score of 68 and 76.77 stroke average.

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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