Nov. 16, 2012
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University of Iowa head men’s golf coach Mark Hankins has announced that Raymond Knoll (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North HS) and Carson Schaake (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep HS) have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Iowa next fall.
“With the addition of Carson and Raymond, we will have a very deep and talented team next year,” Hankins said. “They will add to the competitive nature of practice as well as give us two guys that can really take it low on occasion. They have both experienced success at the national level and expect to win every time they tee it up at the junior level. I look for them to continue to move up the ranking this spring and summer and come in prepared to compete for individual and team championships here at Iowa.”
High School —Ranked first in the state of Illinois and 37th in the country for the class 2013 in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings… Won the AJGA Boyne Highlands Championship (76-68-68)… won the 2012 Illinois Junior Amateur (71-67-72)… qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur after winning the Illinois qualifier (70-73)… won the MAJGT Windy City Open (71-66)… won the PJGT John Deere Classic (70-74)… placed 13th at the Illinois Class 3A Championship as a freshman… placed fifth in the state tournament as a sophomore… placed third in the state tournament as a junior.
Hankins on Knoll
“Raymond has been a top player in Illinois for the last three years and really pushed to the top of the list this year, with multiple wins and a lot of really low scores. He has developed and matured into a well-rounded competitor and we are pleased to have him here next year. He loves golf and he will expect to make an immediate impact his freshman year at Iowa.”
High School —Ranked first in the state of Nebraska and 24th in the country for the class of 2013 on the National Junior Golf Scoreboard… qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur after winning the Nebraska qualifier (75-72)… placed second in the PGA Junior Series at Arbor Links (76-70-71)… placed fifth in the Nebraska Men’s Amateur (76-71-70-71)… placed 17th at the Junior PGA National Championships (74-72-73-72)… won the Nebraska Class A State High School Championship in 2012 (69-73) as a junior… placed 12th in the Class A state championship in 2011 as a sophomore… helped lead team to state championship appearance as a freshman.
Hankins on Schaake
“Carson is a tremendous talent and he has continued to improve throughout his time in high school. This summer, he stepped up to the national level and finished well in almost every event he played in. He is a tough competitor and has a lot of upside. If he continues to push himself this spring and summer, he has the potential to make an immediate impact on our lineup next fall. We are excited that he is going to be a Hawkeye.”