Nov. 1, 2007
THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s golf team will travel to Howey-in-the Hills, FL, to compete in the Wolverine Invitational. The tournament will be held on El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Resort. Competition consists of 54 holes, beginning Monday. Teams will play 36 holes Monday and play will conclude with 18 holes Tuesday.
EL CAMPEON COURSE — El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort is nicknamed “The Champion”. The course was constructed in 1926 and is one of the oldest in the south. Referred to as one of Florida’s finest, it consists of 6,923 yards and is a par 72.
THE COMPETITION — Teams competing along with Iowa are Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Miami (Ohio), Missouri, Northern Illinois, Penn State and Xavier.
LAST MEET — Iowa finished the Landfall Tradition tied for third in the 12-team field, with a 54-hole total of 875 (+11). On the final day, the Hawkeyes recorded an 18-hole score of 286 (-2), the lowest of any school on the day. The Hawkeyes finished three strokes from first place behind Tulsa and Virginia Tech, who tied with scores of 872 (+8). Seniors Todd Larson and Dan Holterhaus led the Hawkeyes Sunday. Each finished in the top 10, as Larson finished third and Holterhaus tied for fifth. Larson fired a five-under-par 67 to finish with a 54-hole total of 213 (-3). Holterhaus shot a two-under-par 70 to finish with a 216 (E). Junior Cole Peevler finished 37th with a 230 (+4) overall and senior Adam Miller tied for 38th place with a 231 (+15). Also, freshman Vince India finished 44th with a 232 (+16).
The Hawkeyes’ stellar play Sunday tied a number of school records. Larson’s 67 (-5) tied his career low and is the fourth-lowest 18-hole score in history. Additionally, his 54-hole total of 213 (-3) tied former Hawkeye and PGA player Guy Boros, among others, with the sixth-lowest total in history. As a team, Iowa tied the seventh-best 18-hole team score with a 286 and the 857 was the 10th-best 54-hole team total in history.
HEAD COACH Mark Hankins — Hankins is in his first year as Iowa’s head men’s golf coach. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, at Michigan State, in 2005 and 2007 after leading the Spartans to Big Ten Championships. Hankins also led the Spartans to five NCAA tournament appearances in his seven years as head coach. He is a native of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and a graduate of Iowa State University.
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