Oct. 25, 2010
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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s golf team, ranked 14th in Golfstat’s most recent rankings, will travel to Dallas, TX, for the 2010 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate Nov. 1-2. Baylor University is hosting the tournament at Royal Oaks Country Club. The first and second rounds will be played consecutively on Monday, beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. (CT). Tuesday’s final round will also begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
THE COURSE — The “Royal Oaks” course at Royal Oaks Country Club offers 18 holes of Bermuda grass with a course rating of 74.6 and slope rating of 142. Covering 7,068 yards from the tips, this par 71 holds the original layout and designs of J. Press Maxwell, Don January and Bill Martindale. Royal Oaks continues to be chosen as one of the best traditional layouts in the Southwest.
THE COMPETITION — Arkansas, Baylor, Lamar, Long Beach State, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Penn State, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UNLV will join Iowa in the 12-team field.
2009 ROYAL OAKS INTERCOLLEGIATE — The Black and Gold finished third in last season’s Intercollegiate with a 54-hole total of 865 (+13). Texas A&M topped the 12-team field with an 848 (-4). Brad Hopfinger and Vince India tied for 10th place with three round totals of 214 (+1).
LAST TIME OUT — The Hawkeyes won the title at Duke’s Rod Myers Invitational Oct. 10, making it their third tournament victory in as many outings. Iowa posted a team score of 851 (-13), five strokes ahead of No. 23 NC State and nine-up on No. 36 Charlotte. Hopfinger tied for second after posting a 212 (-4) while India tied for fifth.
HEAD COACH Mark Hankins — Hankins is in his fourth year as Iowa’s head men’s golf coach after spending seven years as the head coach at Michigan State University. Under Hankins, the Hawkeyes finished the 2010 season with the highest national ranking in school history. Ranked 36th among all NCAA Division I teams, Iowa earned its best Big Ten finish (second) since 1992 and produced a NCAA Regional berth for the second-consecutive year. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have picked up three tournament titles in four events this fall. Hankins is a native of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and a graduate of Iowa State.