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141 hard and love to compete. ey are helping us to move in the right direction. "I liked how Jessica Ip continued to progress this year, she is a talented player. I think she is begin- ning to figure out what it takes to be very good at this level. I have no doubt if she stays committed and puts in the work she could be a top player in the Big Ten." e Hawkeye freshmen provided excitement for Iowa fans looking to the future. However, they were not the only members of the team that provided exciting moments. On Feb. 23, Jes- sie Sindlinger shot a third-round 68 (-4) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational. Her effort inked her name in the Iowa record books tying Kristi Cardwell and Tyrette Metzendorf for the second- lowest 18-hole score all-time. Sindlinger's major accomplishment was matched by Shelby Phillips a month later. In the final round of the Mountain View Collegiate, the senior also registered a final round 68 (-4). "It was great to see both Jessie and Shelby shoot 68 this spring," added Menzel. e Hawkeyes lose seniors Phillips, Nicole Rae and Jessie Jordan next season. Looking forward, Menzel and her unit plan to continue to climb up the Big Ten and fight for top finishes. "We need to start believing we belong," Menzel said. "We have shown throughout the year that we can compete with the top teams. e players con- tinue to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses." T he University of Iowa women's golf team ended its season in Indianapolis at the Big Ten Championships on April 26 where the Hawkeyes set a foundation for producing a strong 2015-16 campaign. UI women's golf head coach Megan Menzel and her group experienced ups and downs in the 2014- 15 season, but remained set on reaching goals. e Hawkeyes concluded their season with a 10th- place finish at the Big Ten Championships. "We were able to make steady climbs in the rank- ings this spring, knocking off a few top 50 teams in the process," Menzel said. "We got our freshmen great experience. I have enjoyed seeing some of the players improve on their individual scoring aver- ages." rough much of the season, junior Amy Ihm provided the best finishes for her team. In three of the six spring tournaments, Ihm was the team's top finisher. "Amy played well this spring and I am proud of the hard work she has put in this year," Menzel said. Newcomers Elisa Suarez and Jessica Ip showed promise and proved they are two young leaders in the making. Suarez led the team with a 76.4 scor- ing average and played in all but one of the spring tournaments. "What a difference a couple of freshmen can make," said Menzel. "Elisa and Jessica have come in and changed our team for the better. ey not only are strong players, but good people that work

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