Hawkeyes Return To Landfall After Third Place Finish

Oct. 20, 2008

THIS WEEK The University of Iowa men’s golf team will travel to Wilmington, NC, to compete in the Landfall Tradition. The tournament will be held on the Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club of Landfall. Competition consists of 54 holes, with 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

THE COURSE The Jack Nicklaus course consists of 27 holes, the first 18 from the original design in 1990 and the final nine were completed in 2001. The par 72 layout is 7,058 yards of Bermuda grass fairways and bent grass greens. Its legendary designer played the opening round on Sept. 6, 1990.

THE COMPETITION Teams competing along with Iowa include UNC-Wilmington, Davidson, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, VCU, Virginia Tech, Tulsa, Western Kentucky, William & Mary, Wisconsin and Xavier.

1. Cole Peevler Sr. Keokuk, IA (Keokuk)
2. Vince India So. Deerfield, IL (Deerfield)
3. Brad Hopfinger So. Lake Forest, IL (Lake Forest)
4. Brag George Fr. Marion, IA (Linn Mar)
5. Chris Brant Fr. Edwardsville, IL (Edwardsville)

2007 LANDFALL TRADITION Last year was the first time the Hawkeyes competed in the Landfall Tradition. They finished in a tie for third place, three strokes behind first place.

LAST MEET Iowa finished the 16-team Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in a tie for seventh place, with a 54-hole score total of 892 (+52). Sophomore Vince India led the Hawkeyes, finishing in a tie for 12th place with a 218 (+8).

HEAD COACH Mark Hankins Hankins is in his second 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. He led the Spartans to Big Ten Championships those years. 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.

QUOTING COACH HANKINS “We’re going to work hard on individually finishing in the top-10, and the team score should take care of itself. We’re not looking at this tournament as our last one for the fall. This is our fourth tournament of 12, so we’re going to look at it as our next and prepare for it with that mindset.”