Hawkeyes Travel To Boilerrmaker Invitational

April 20, 2010

THIS WEEK The University of Iowa men’s golf team will conclude its regular season when it travels to West Lafayette, IN, for the Boilermaker Invitational April 24-25. The two-day tournament will be played at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. The first 36 holes will begin Saturday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (CT), followed by the final 18 holes beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday.

THE COURSE Competition will be played on the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. Playing to 7,465 yards from the championship tees, the course consists of bent-grass greens, fairways and tees for a difficult par 72. Kampen Course is regarded as one of the top collegiate golf courses in the nation, as well as one of the most difficult in Indiana.

THE COMPETITION The Hawkeyes will compete in a 12-team field, including Akron, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Toledo and Wisconsin.

LAST TIME OUT The Black and Gold dominated the 17th annual Hawkeye – TaylorMade/adidas Invitational April 17-18, winning the 10-team event after shooting a one-under par 863 total. Sophomores Barrett Kelpin and Chris Brant led the Hawkeyes with 54-hole scores of 216 (even par), as they finished in a tie for fourth.

2009 BOILERMAKER Iowa placed third at last year’s Boilermaker Invitational after carding a three-round team total of even par 864. Vince India, then a sophomore, led the Hawkeyes all three rounds and finished fourth after recording a five-under par 211 total.

HEAD COACH Mark Hankins Hankins is in his third year as Iowa’s head men’s golf coach after spending seven years as the head coach at Michigan State University. Under Hankins, the Black and Gold won their first tournament title (2008 Landfall Tradition) since 2004 and placed sixth in the 2009 Big Ten Championships, their best finish in eight years. Iowa then made its first NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championships appearance since 1995. The Hawkeyes advanced through regional play a year ago and placed 17th in the nation at the NCAA Championships. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have improved their Golfweek ranking from 155th to now 38th, with Hankins at the helm. He is a native of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and a graduate of Iowa State.

LOOKING AHEAD The Hawkeyes begin their postseason April 30 when they travel to Independence, MN, for the Big Ten Championships. The three-day competition will be held at the prestigious Windsong Farm Golf Club.

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