Iowa women’s golf stays home, men hit the road

After the Iowa men competed in the state, the women are back to battle in Iowa City.


Joseph Cress

Iowa golfer Kristin Glesne swings for a portrait at the Hoak Practice Facility at the Finkbine Gold Course on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.

Pete Ruden, Sports Editor

Hawkeye golf is back in action and back home. The Iowa women will host the Diane Thomason Invitational at Finkbine Sept. 29-30, while the men travel to Erin Hills, Wisconsin Sept. 30-Oct. 2 for the Marquette Intercollegiate.

This weekend is the first time the women will host the tournament at Finkbine since 2015, when the Hawkeyes won with a score of 888.

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It will also be the last time seniors Kristin Glesne and Shawn Rennegarbe compete in Iowa City.

Glesne made her début in the tournament in 2015.

Rennegarbe and Glesne led the Hawkeyes at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate Sept. 17-18, along with Dana Lerner.

Rennegarbe finished first on the team, shooting a 232 with a team-best 74 in the second round. Glesne and Lerner followed at 236, and Lerner jumped eight spots on the leaderboard in the final day with a 76.

The team finished 17th out of 17 teams at the outing, so being back in familiar environs has potential to put the squad at ease, given the familiarity of Finkbine.

The Hawkeye men, on the other hand, are coming off their lone home meet of the fall season. Iowa finished second at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, shooting 585 in the two-round tournament after the final round was canceled because of rain.

With the recent success it has had, the Hawkeyes plan is to stick to what they know.

“We are sticking to the same schedule, script that we have had the first month of the season,” Iowa men’s golf head coach Tyler Stith said in a release. “We are mapping out our plan for the week and going to go about it the same way as the first two tournaments.”

Junior Alex Schaake finished second, shooting 139, while freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero tied for fifth (140) for his first-career top 10 finish.

The Hawkeyes have been solid top to bottom with Shaake, Leal Montero, and Matthew Parker all shooting at least 5-under in three different rounds this season.

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