Kansas Standout Transfers to Iowa

June 30, 2008

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa Head Golf Coach Mark Hankins announced today that Brad Hopfinger has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Iowa.

Hopfinger is transferring to Iowa after playing one year at the University of Kansas. In his rookie campaign with the Jayhawks, Hopfinger led the team with a 73.39 scoring average. He posted his top finish at the Big 12 Championship, tying for seventh. The native of Lake Forest, IL, fired the low-round of the year for Kansas with a 66 in round one at the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational. Hopfinger racked-up five top-20 finishes, he carded nine rounds under par and 30 of his 31 rounds counted towards the Jayhawks’ team score.

Hopfinger was a two-year letterwinner at Lake Forest High School. He was a two-time member of district and conference championship teams. Hopfinger, who stands 6-2, placed second in the 2007 American Junior Golf Association Future Legends. In 2006, he was named to the all-state squad and was medalist at the conference championship. Hopfinger also finished fifth at the 2007 state golf tournament his senior year.

“Brad had an excellent freshman season and brings solid collegiate credentials to our team,” said Hankins. “He is a leader on the golf course and in the classroom. We are determined to compete for a Big Ten championship and a trip to the NCAA championships. Brad rounds out a recruiting class that will help us realize those goals.”

“The academics, facilities and the coaching attracted me to the University of Iowa,” said Hopfinger. “Coach Hankins’ future plans appealed to me. In addition, my goal is to keep improving each year. If I continue to improve, the awards and accomplishments will come. Iowa is the perfect place for me to do that.”

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