May 2013

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Senior Duo Leads by Example By Jimmy Novak W hen it comes to leadership, the University of Iowa women's golf program has plenty of it. Seniors Gigi DiGrazia and Kristi Cardwell have led the way for the Hawkeyes this season, both on and off the course. If you are looking for what it means to be a student-athlete, look no further than DiGrazia and Cardwell. "Gigi is a great example of a student athlete," said assistant coach Laura Cilek. "Not only has she been outstanding in the class room, but she has also been a great leader for us on the golf course." "Kristi's love for the game, combined with her strong work ethic, has made her very successful here at Iowa," said Cilek. So far this season, DiGrazia and Cardwell have combined to play 42 rounds for the Hawkeyes. Cardwell leads the team with a 75.59 stroke average. Cardwell has finished in the top-20 five times this season, which is also a team best. "Kristi is such a workhorse and continues to become a stronger and more consistent player," said head coach Megan Menzel. "It has been fun to watch Kristi come into her own and compete against some of the best collegiate players in the country." While DiGrazia has not competed as much as Cardwell this season, it's the little things she brings to the team that make her such a valuable teammate. "Gigi has lead us off the course so well," said Menzel. "She adds a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the entire athletic department.  She brings a consistently strong attitude each day to practice and has set a great example with her positive energy." The Iowa women's golf program has a bright future and DiGrazia and Cardwell are part of the reason why. "Both Gigi and Kristi have helped build a new culture here at Iowa," said Menzel. "It's one that we will continue to grow with the examples they have set." 23

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