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What to Know
Iowa women's golf finished off the 2014-15 season by placing 10th out of 14 teams at the Big Ten Championship. Although this wasn’t the finish that the team wanted, the team has some promising players that will help lead them to victory in the future.
The men's team finished strong, placing sixth out of 14 teams at the NCAA Yale Regional.
Who to Know
The Iowa women’s golf team is led by Megan Menzel, who took the reins as head coach five years ago in the 2011-12 season after being the teaching professional at Denver Country Club from 2009-11.
Sophomore-to-be Elisa Suarez held the team’s lowest average score of 76.4 and has a season low of 70, making her the most consistent golfer on the team. She shot at or below par in four tournaments this past season, with one top-10 finish and two top-20 finishes.
Junior-to-be Jessie Sindlinger held the second lowest average score at 76.5 and tied with then-senior Shelby Phillips for the lowest round, shooting 68 in the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Sindlinger shot at or below par in three rounds this past season, with two top-20 finishes as well.
Senior-to-be Amy Ihm has also been consistent. The three-year veteran is just behind Suarez and Sindlinger in lowest average score at 76.7 and has shot at or below par in three rounds this past season.For the men's team, junior Carson Schaake won a share of the Big Ten Championship in 2015, vaulting him into the Big Ten's top golfers. And fellow junior Raymond Knoll is another name to watch, as he and Schaake have done nothing but improve since they came to Iowa.
The Hawkeyes didn’t play as well as they wanted to this spring, placing ninth of 12 teams in the Lady Buckeye Invitational and 10th of 14 teams in the Big Ten Championship. The team is getting better with solid veteran golfers such as Ihm and Sindlinger to lead the way along with promising sophomores Suarez and Jessica Ip. The duo of Schaake and Knoll, assuming their ascension persists, make the men's team an obvious contender for the Big Ten title this season. It takes more than two to contribute in team accomplishments, so the play of Sam Meuret could be an x-factor in the 2016 season.
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