April 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The University of Iowa men’s golf team finished second at the Boilermaker Invitational with a 54-hole total of 879 (+15). The Hawkeyes earned their third-consecutive top-two team finish after a final round of 292 (+4). Indiana topped the 18-team field with a score of 877 (+13) as Kent State (880, +16) rounded out the top-three. Action was held on the 7,465-yard, par 72 Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.
Senior Barrett Kelpin finished his tournament with a solid two-under (70), his lowest round of the weekend, to finish runner-up. He was three under on the day through 13 holes but gave back a stroke with a bogey on 15, breaking a bogey-free streak of over 25 holes. Kelpin posted a tournament total of two-under par (214).
“Barrett [Kelpin] was solid all week,” said Head Coach Mark Hankins. “He stayed patient today and let the leaders come back to him. He gave himself a chance to win and that’s our goal every tournament.”
Freshman Ian Vandersee tied for seventh with a three-round tally of 218 (+2). He finished the event with a consistent round of even par (72). Teeing off the front nine, Vandersee made a pair of bogeys early on and was two-over through four. He gained those strokes back with birdies on holes seven and nine before finishing the round with nine-straight pars.
Sophomore Steven Ihm earned a share of 18th place with a tournament total of 223 (+7). He was warm early in his round closing out the front nine with birdies on 4-out-of-5 holes. The Peosta, Iowa, native made some bogeys on the backside and finished the third round with a score of 73 (+1).
Senior Chris Brant posted a final round of 77 (+5) for a 54-hole total of 224 (+8). The Edwardsville, Ill. native finished in a tie for 21st place. Additionally, freshman Joseph Winslow tied for 78th with a score of 243 (+27), posting three rounds at nine-over (81).
“It was a good tournament for us,” said Hankins. “We adapted to different conditions and a new golf course. Indiana put up a good number today, similar to our second round yesterday. We also had some outstanding individual finishes and closed pretty strong again today. We played well as a team, but Indiana played just a little better than us.”
Iowa will begin its postseason with the Big Ten Championships held April 27-29. Action will be held on a neutral site; the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. The Hawkeyes are currently the topped ranked program in the conference.
Team Results (Par 72)
1. Indiana 301-294-282=877 (+13)
2. Iowa 302-285-292=879 (+15)
3. Kent State 298-289-293=880 (+16)
4. Illinois 297-292-293=882 (+18)
5. Wichita State 293-297-298=888 (+24)
6. Purdue 309-295-289=893 (+29)
7. Northern Illinois 304-293-305=902 (+38)
8. Michigan State 306-297-305=908 (+44)
9. Bowling Green State 298-299-312=909 (+45)
10. Akron 305-311-301=917 (+53)
11. Eastern Michigan 314-301-305=920 (+56)
12. TCU 308-301-315=924 (+60)
13. Wisconsin 310-317-299=926 (+62)
14. Toledo 315-310-312=937 (+73)
15. Miami of Ohio 319-309-313=941 (+77)
16. Drake 322-322-315=959 (+95)
Loyola – Chicago 327-315-317=959 (+95)
18. Creighton 332-308-327=967 (+103)
Individual Results (Top 3 + Iowa)
1. Luke Guthrie (Illinois) 72-74-67=213 (-3)
2. Barrett Kelpin (Iowa) 72-72-70=214 (-2)
3. David Erdy (Indiana) 73-72-70=215 (-1)
T7. Ian Vandersee (Iowa) 76-70-72=218 (+2)
T18. Steven Ihm (Iowa) 78-72-73=223 (+7)
T21. Chris Brant (Iowa) 76-71-77=224 (+8)
T78. Joseph Winslow (Iowa) 81-81-81=243 (+27)