Hawkeye’s men’s team will travel to North Carolina while the Iowa women’s team will fly to the Bahamas.
The Iowa Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams will be playing their final fall season events this weekend. Hawkeye’s men will travel to North Carolina for the Williams Cup. And women from Iowa are heading to the Bahamas to participate in the White Sands Bahamas Invitational.
The White Sands Bahamas Invitational begins Friday morning and the Williams Cup begins Sunday.
In the Bahamas, the Hawkeyes will face off on a seven-team course at the Ocean Club Golf Course which includes Campbell, Florida International, Mercer, Miami, Nebraska and Northern Illinois.
Hawkeye head coach Megan Menzel said his team was motivated to take advantage of warmer weather this weekend. Although he will need to make some adjustments to play well in conditions not traditionally seen in the United States.
She said the team were delighted with their first visit to the Bahamas.
“They’re all just, you know, pumped over the golf course to have the ocean right next to you and certainly a little different golf with the winds and the grass,” Menzel said. “We’ll definitely have some adjustments to make when we’re there. I think, you know, you’re in a landscape like this and you know you’re inspired enough to play good golf. “
Freshman Paula Miranda said she was excited to play in the Bahamas because it’s a similar setting to Mexico, her home country.
The Hawkeyes roster will consist of Miranda, sophomore Klara Wildhaber, junior Lily Gentzkow and seniors Dana Lerner and Manuela Lizarazu.
The men’s team will compete at the Eagle Point Golf Club this weekend alongside Georgia, Houston, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State, North Carolina-Wilmington, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. The Tar Heels are hosting the tournament this week.
“Sounds awesome,” male head coach Tyler Stith said of Eagle Point Golf Club. “They had a PGA Tour event there. The Fargo Well [Championship] was there in 2017. I think the winning score wasn’t that good for a PGA Tour event. It was like 8 below par. So that tells me that if they want they can set up the golf course pretty hard. I doubt they’ll do it this week, but I don’t know what kind of challenge it’s going to be.
Freshman Ian Meyer, juniors Mac McClear, Ronan Kleu and Garrett Tighe, and senior Gonzalo Leal-Montero will represent the Hawkeyes in North Carolina this week.
Both teams have had impressive individual scores this year. Neither Hawkeye’s men nor women, however, recorded a superior team finish in ninth place this fall.
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For the men’s team, Kleu placed in the top 10 in the two events he competed in this fall. He hasn’t managed a single out-through round this season.
Kleu’s teammate and defending Big Ten champion Mac McCClear is back on track after a less than ideal start to the season.
After back-to-back arrivals outside the top 40, McCear rebounded with a tied eighth appearance in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic earlier this month.
On the women’s side, Miranda was the Hawkeyes’ best player through three tournaments.
Miranda tied for the 32nd, 20th and second as an individual.