April 21, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The University of Iowa men’s golf team is leading the Boilermaker Invitational through two rounds of action. The 26th-ranked Hawkeyes, along with No. 18 Kent State, are pacing the 18-team field with a mark of 587 (+11). Action is being held on the 7,465-yard, par 72 Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.
After an opening round of 302 (+14), the Hawkeyes settled in and began their ascent up the team leaderboard. All five Iowa golfers matched or improved their first round performances, as the Hawkeyes recorded a second round of three-under 285, the only team score under par for the day. Iowa currently leads five other Big Ten programs and four top-50 teams in the field.
“It took us a couple rounds to get acclimated to the course,” said Head Coach Mark Hankins. “We’ll take what we learned today, work at playing one shot at a time and continue to compete.”
Senior Barrett Kelpin set the tone for Iowa with two rounds at even par (72). The Kalamazoo, Mich., native is currently tied for second, individually, and four strokes off the lead with a 36-hole total of even par (144). Kelpin gave up a couple strokes early in both of his rounds but responded each time with a red number to keep him at even par.
Freshman Ian Vandersee responded as well as any Iowa competitor in the second round. With a 76 (+4) to open, Vandersee recorded a second round of two-under 70 to climb 19 spots up the leaderboard. The former West Des Moines Valley standout is tied for seventh with a two-round mark of 146 (+2).
Senior Chris Brant shaved five strokes off his score during Saturday afternoon’s action. The 2011 All-Big Ten team member posted a second round of one-under 71 in response to his opening round of 76 (+4). With a first day total of 147 (+3), Brant is tied for 11th place.
“Barrett stayed in the process all day and got the most out of his rounds,” said Hankins. “He and Chris [Brant] are very experienced at this course and they used that to their advantage. Ian played solid all day as well and came up big for us with a second round 70.”
Sophomore Steven Ihm also did his part in Iowa’s 17-stroke swing between the first and second rounds. With an opening round of 78 (+6), Ihm carded an even par 72 in the afternoon. He is tied for 25th with a score of 150 (+6).
Freshman Joseph Winslow posted a 36-hole mark 162 (+18) and is tied for 76th individually.
Sunday’s final 18 holes is a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. (CT). Fans can follow the action live at golfstat.com.
“We are continuing to focus on individual performances,” added Hankins. “We will need five solid scores if we want to post a low team score and contend for a championship.”
Team Results (Par 72)
1. Iowa 302-285=587 (+11)
Kent State 298-289=587 (+11)
3. Illinois 297-292=589 (+13)
4. Wichita State 293-297=590 (+14)
5. Indiana 301-294=595 (+19)
6. Northern Illinois 304-293=597 (+21)
Bowling Green State 298-299=597 (+21)
8. Michigan State 306-297=603 (+27)
9. Purdue 309-295=604 (+28)
10. TCU 308-301=609 (+33)
11. Eastern Michigan 314-301=615 (+39)
12. Akron 305-311=616 (+40)
13. Toledo 315-310=625 (+49)
14. Wisconsin 310-317=627 (+51)
15. Miami of Ohio 319-309=628 (+52)
16. Creighton 332-308=640 (+64)
17. Loyola – Chicago 327-315=642 (+66)
18. Drake 322-322=644 (+68)
Individual Results (Top 3 + Iowa)
1. Rafael Becker (Wichita State) 71-69=140 (-4)
T2. Barrett Kelpin (Iowa) 72-72=144 (E)
Johan de Beer (TCU) 73-71=144 (E)
T7. Ian Vandersee (Iowa) 76-70=146 (+2)
T11. Chris Brant (Iowa) 76-71=147 (+3)
T25. Steven Ihm (Iowa) 78-72=150 (+6)
T76. Joseph Winslow (Iowa) 81-81=162 (+18)