Hawkeyes finish first day of Diane Thomason Invitational

Iowa women’s golf head coach Megan Menzel said the team was going for the win this weekend, and boy, are they ever.

After the first two rounds, Iowa is +52 and in third place – only two strokes behind leading team Illinois.

“I’m really proud of the team. They really battled. I’m proud of the way we came back, settled down, and just played the course the way that we know we’re capable of,” Menzel said.

Four Hawkeyes are in the top twenty, with junior Amy Ihm leading the way in sixth place at nine-over for the day.

Joining Ihm were Jessie Sindlinger and Jessica Ip, both tied for eighth, as well as Nicole Rae who is tied for 17th.

“It’s good for us. We should be playing well since we play this course everyday and know the ins and outs of it and other people don’t know how to handle these conditions as well as we do,” Ihm said. “I’m proud of us.”

Ihm played solid golf all day, posting a five-over first round and a four-over second round, but others had to fight back.

Sindlinger shot +13 in her first round, but battled through the conditions to shoot even par and make her way into the top ten.

“I just said, ‘Start new, it’s a new 18’. I wasn’t hitting the ball very well the first round or putting well. I decided to be more confident and trust it and it came around,” Sindlinger said.

The final 18 holes will be played Sunday, and the team hopes to use its results today in order to find success in the last round.

“We need to feel off the momentum we had today,” Ihm said. “We’ll have our heads held high and try to finish strong tomorrow.”

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