Maineville, Ohio -- University of Iowa senior Jessica Ip carded her sixth round at-or-below par of the season to lead the Hawkeyes in the first round of the Big Ten Championships on Friday. Iowa is tied for eighth with an 18-hole score of 299 (+11).
No. 12 Michigan State is in first with an 18-hole score of 283 (-5). They are followed by Maryland (288; E) and No. 45 Ohio State (289; +1).
IP’S UNDER-PAR PERFORMANCE
Senior Jessica Ip fired three birdies in round one to finish with a score of 71 (-1) -- her sixth round at-or-below par this season. She is tied for fifth with 36-holes left.
GLESNE CARDS FOUR BIRDIES
Junior Kristin Glesne finished even on the front nine with one birdie. She fired four birdies in the first round to finish with a score of 74 (+2), tying for 21st.
RENNEGARBE’S STRONG OUTING
Junior Shawn Rennegarbe finished the round even on the back nine. With 36-holes left to play she is tied for 31st with a score of 75 (+3).
QUOTING HEAD COACH MEGAN MENZEL
““The team worked hard today. We feel like we put ourselves in a nice spot after day one. There was a lot of good today, Ip and Rennegarbe were so steady and Kristin showed up big for her team and battled through some illness and posted a really solid round. Kukla settled in on the back nine and played well. The freshmen had some good stretches and we continue to be excited about their growth and competitive spirits. We are focused and eager to keep battling this week.”
“It was a very clean round of golf today since I didn't get into much trouble, so it was good to have momentum going into each hole. I was consistent with my driver and had confidence in my short game, so I didn't worry when I missed the green. I was able to take advantage of birdie opportunities and feeling good with my putter makes all the difference. The conditions were pretty good, just a little bit windy, but it's a good start to the tournament and I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
Round two of the Big Ten Championships will tee off tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. (CT).
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