Men's Golf Announces 2013-14 Schedule

Aug 20, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa men’s golf coach Mark Hankins announced the Hawkeyes’ 2013-14 schedule Tuesday, highlighted by two home events.

The Hawkeyes open their fall season hosting a national field at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge (Sept. 15-17) at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa, a tournament that will feature 15 teams from 15 different conferences. Iowa won the event in 2010.

The following weekend, the Hawkeyes travel to Chicago to take part in the Windon Invitational (Sept. 22-23) hosted by Northwestern. After a short break, Iowa will play in the Rod Myers/Duke Invitational (Oct. 12-13) in Durham, N.C., and then the U.S. Collegiate Championship hosted by Georgia Tech (Oct. 18-20) in Atlanta. The Hawkeyes claimed the Rod Myers/Duke Invitational title in 2010.

The fall season closes in Dallas at the Royal Oaks Invitational (Oct. 28-29), co-hosted by Baylor University and SMU. Junior Ian Vandersee earned his first collegiate individual title at the 2012 Royal Oaks Invite.

“Playing a highly ranked schedule is a top priority for our program,” Hankins said. “We have built our team success around intra-squad competition and providing schedule opportunities for our guys to compete against the best in collegiate golf each fall and spring.”

Iowa’s spring slate begins with the Black and Gold Alumni Match (Feb. 8) at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., before returning the next week to Florida for the Big Ten Match-Play Championship (Feb 14-15). This year’s Match-Play will once again be played at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., site of the 2015 NCAA Championship Finals, and will be covered and replayed by the Big Ten Network.

The Hawkeyes follow their two trips to Florida with two consecutive events in Arizona. First, defending their team title at the Big Four Championship (March 1) at Desert Mountain Country Club and second, making their first appearance in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational (March 21-23) in Tempe.

Iowa hosts their second home event of the 2013-14 season with the Hawkeye/Great River Entertainment Invitational (April 12-13), which will be contested at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. Senior Steven Ihm medaled in the 12-team event last season.

Iowa returns to the Boilermaker Invitational to defend its 2013 title (April 19-20), an 18-team tournament held in West Lafayette, Ind. Ihm claimed his second straight medalist honor in the 2013 Boilermaker, making him only the seventh Hawkeye golfer in history to win more than one tournament in a season.

The Big Ten Championships (May 2-4) close out the regular season at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., with the NCAA Regionals (May 15-17) two weeks later at a site to be determined. NCAA Regionals play is determined by national ranking and will be played at one of six sites as determined by the NCAA golf committee.

Iowa has advanced to NCAA postseason in five consecutive seasons, and made 15 NCAA championship appearances in program history.