May 16, 2011
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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s golf team travels to Zionsville, Ind., for the NCAA Indiana Regional May 19-21. Competition will be held at Wolf Run Golf Club just north of Indianapolis and consist of 18 holes of play each day. Fans can follow the action via live scoring at golfstatresults.com.
THE COURSE — The “Wolf Run” course at Wolf Run Golf Club features 6,805 yards of bent grass fairways and greens from the championship tees for a par 71. The tree-lined, narrow course contains 88 bunkers with water hazards at several different locations. Wolf Run has been ranked as highly as 18th in Golfweek’s annual survey of “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses”.
REGIONAL FIELD — In order of their respective seeding (with Golfstat ranking), the Indiana Regional consists of Alabama (3), Illinois (11), Iowa (18), Stanford (21), Wake Forest (26), Tennessee (23), Indiana (37), Florida State (41), Michigan (53), Charlotte (59), Memphis (63), Wichita State (112), UMKC (120), and Sacred Heart (212).
BIG TEN ACCOLADES — Senior Vince India was named Big Ten Golfer of the Year and earned the Les Bolstad Award, honoring the conference golfer with the lowest combined stroke average between the fall and spring seasons. His stroke average of 71.08 per round marks the best season average in school history and the ninth-lowest average in the history of the Bolstad Award. India, along with fellow senior Brad Hopfinger, received first team all-Big Ten honors. Junior Chris Brant, who finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championships, was a second-team all-Big Ten selection.
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 have been ranked as high as ninth among all NCAA Division I teams. After a second place finish at the 2010 Big Ten Championships, its best finish since 1992, Iowa placed third at the 2011 Big Tens. This season marks the third-consecutive NCAA Regional invitation for the Hawkeyes with Hankins at the helm. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have picked up five tournament titles so far this season. Hankins is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and a graduate of Iowa State.
CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT — The Indiana Regional is one of six NCAA Regional locations. The top five teams and top individual, not on a qualifying team, in each region, advance to the NCAA Championships, to be held May 31-June 5 on the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.