March 29, 2011
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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s golf team will travel to Baton Rouge, LA, for the LSU National Invitational April 2-3. The three-round event will feature 36 holes beginning at 8:30 a.m. (CT) Saturday, followed by the final 18 at 8 a.m. Sunday. Competition will be held at LSU’s University Club. Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
THE COURSE — The newly renovated University Club offers an 18-hole, par 72 course that plays to 7,274 yards from the championship tees. Featuring wide fareways bordered by pine hammocks, native grasses and 2,000 feet of bulkhead, the University Club is carved into 300 acres of land just south of LSU’s campus. The course was re-designed by LSU legend and PGA Tour pro David Toms and renowned golf course architect Jim Lipe, who designed the original University Club in 1998.
THE COMPETITION — The tenth-ranked Hawkeyes will be joined by a 12-team field including No. 12 LSU, Boston College, Centenary, Iowa State, No. 43 Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, UL-Louisiana, UT-Chattanooga and VCU. With three other Big Ten schools and in-state rival Iowa State, the tournament field will be a familiar one for the Hawkeyes.
LAST OUTING — Iowa reeled off three-consecutive victories to win the consolation bracket at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play March 22. The sixth-seeded Hawkeyes capped their streak with a 3-1-1 decision over No. 13 Georgia. Iowa also topped No. 3 Alabama (4-1) and Washington State (3-2).
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 an NCAA Regional berth for the second-consecutive year. Additionally, the Hawkeyes picked up four tournament titles in five events last fall. Hankins is a native of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and a graduate of Iowa State.
NEXT TIME OUT — The Hawkeyes will return home to host the Hawkeye TaylorMade Invitational April 16-17. The Black and Gold will host the 11-team field at their own Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, IA.