June 23, 2010
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PITTSFORD, NY – University of Iowa junior Barrett Kelpin can add another impressive amateur finish to last season’s amateur and collegiate record. The Kalamazoo, MI, native tied for sixth place at the prestigious Monroe Invitational June 19. With a four-round total of 279 (-1), Kelpin fired each round at or under par.
Considered to be the first major on the summer amateur schedule, the Monroe Invitational is played at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, NY. The Donald Ross layout plays to a 6,787-yard par 70. The esteemed course features eight par fours over 400 yards, small greens with narrow approaches and unforgiving bunkers. It has proven to be a demanding challenge for even the most seasoned veterans for 70 years.
Currently one of the top amateur tournaments in the United States, the Monroe Invitational invites only the top ranked collegiate and amateur golfers in the nation with a history of top international players. The invite has hosted many eventual PGA Tour professionals including Chris DiMarco, Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods.
With the lowest scoring average of any Iowa golfer this spring (72.0), Kelpin posted the team’s second-lowest average throughout the entire season (72.8). He also compiled six top-25 finishes, including top-five finishes at the Spring Break Invitational (T-2nd), Big Ten Championships (3rd) and Hawkeye Invitational (T-4th).
Kelpin and the Hawkeyes are coming off another exceptional season where they racked up seven top-three tournament finishes as a team. Their second place finish at the Big Ten Championships marks their best finish since winning the title at Finkbine in 1992. Additionally, the Black and Gold competed in NCAA Regional play for the second consecutive year, a feat they haven’t accomplished since 1960.
Individual Results – Par 70 (Top 3 + Kelpin)
1. Kyle Peterman 64-64-69-72=269 (-11)
2. Cam Burke 69-68-65-72=274 (-6)
3. Justin Shin 62-69-69-75=275 (-5)
T6. Barrett Kelpin 71-69-69-70=279 (-1)