Oct. 16, 2012
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MUNCIE, Ind. — Three student-athletes on the University of Iowa men’s golf team finished play at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, an individual tournament hosted by Ball State at the Delaware Country Club. Freshmen Nate Yankovich, Voramate Aussarassakorn and Landon Kowalski competed individually for the Hawkeyes, who also had their top-five lineup in action over the weekend at the Rod Myers Invitational.
“Everyone fought hard and was giving a good effort, and that was good to see from these guys,” said assistant coach Dan Holterhaus. “All three of our guys were playing good golf at times, and kept grinding when they weren’t. Obviously, Nate played pretty well for us and had a solid final round.”
Iowa had three players within the top-26 of the leaderboard, led by Yankovich with a top-ten finish. The Blacklick, Ohio, native finished in eighth place in his first collegiate tournament. He went under-par for the first time this season in his final round, carding a two-under, 68. Yankovich finished with a 54-hole mark of 215 (+5).
Aussarassakorn improved each time out in the tournament, and closed with a 73 (+3) to fire a three-round score of 223 (+13). Aussarassakorn placed 22nd in his collegiate debut.
Kowalski placed 26th, carding a three-round score of 226 (+16). Kowalski shot a 77 (+7) on his final round.
“This was a great opportunity for them to get their feet wet and see what the atmosphere in college golf is like,” said Holterhaus. “We’ve been competitive inside our team, but it’s really important to go out and compete with an entire field and get that tournament experience.”
The Hawkeyes will return to play on Friday with the opening round of the U.S. Collegiate Championships.