June 15, 2011
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JOHNSTOWN, Penn. – Former Iowa men’s golfers Brad Hopfinger and Vince India finished in the top-20 at the 58th Annual Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions held June 9-12. Hopfinger posted four rounds below par to finish tied for fourth as India finished in a tie for 20th. Regarded as one of the top amateur events in the United States, The Sunnehanna Amateur hosts a field of 75 competitors on the par 70, 6,868-yard Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Penn.
Fueled by an opening round of three-under par 67, Hopfinger went on to shoot one-under in each of his remaining three rounds. The Lake Forest, Ill., native posted a 72-hole mark of six-under 274, two strokes out of medalist honors. American Nathan Smith broke the three-way tie for first (-8, 272) in a four hole playoff against Zac Blair and Lee Bedford. Smith (16th), Bedford (54th) and Blair (100th) are all ranked in Golfweek’s top-200 World rankings.
India posted a four day total of 281 (+1), highlighted by second and third rounds below par. The reigning Big Ten Golfer of the Year recorded a second round of two-under par 68 followed by a 67 (-3).
Hopfinger and India were the senior duo to lead the Hawkeyes to a tie for 10th place at the 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, their highest finish in program history. India’s 2010-11 season scoring average of 71.08 is the lowest in program history while Hopfinger’s (72.58) is the third best. The Hawkeyes compiled seven tournament titles with the pair in the starting lineup and finished the 2010-11 season ranked ninth in the country by Golfstat.com, their highest in school history.