Oct. 20, 2013
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The University of Iowa men’s golf team finished the U.S. Collegiate Championship in a tie for seventh place, propelled by junior Ian Vandersee’s three-round score of 212 (-4).
Vandersee, who began the day in a tie for 20th place, shot a 69 (-3) in his final round at the Lakeside Course of the Golf Club of Georgia, dropping in five birdies and only two bogeys. The West Des Moines, Iowa, native carded Iowa’s best score for the second consecutive tournament.
“I’m very proud of Ian,” said head coach Mark Hankins. “He set goals this week and stuck to the gameplan until the final hole was complete.”
Junior Brian Bullington, who began the day in a tie for third place, carded a 75 (+3) in his final round and finished the tournament in a tie for 18th place with a total score of 215 (-1). Bullington eagled his final hole of the day, the 564-yard par-five 18th hole.
Senior Steven Ihm dropped three spots from his starting position of 29th, earning a tie for 32nd place after carding a 73 (+1) on Sunday with a three-round total of 218 (+2).
Freshman Raymond Knoll fired a 75 (+3) in his final round, finishing in a tie for 50th place. Knoll birdied his final two holes of the tournament, carding a three-round total of 224 (+8).
Junior Joseph Winslow carded a final-day score of 77 (+5), and finished in a tie for 65th. The Overland Park, Kan., native carded a 226 (+10) final score.
Iowa’s final round score of 292 (+4) was the highest of their three rounds, but the Hawkeyes still managed to finish higher than six teams ranked in the Golfstat.com Top 50.
“This is the first time this season that we were in contention for a tournament title,” said Hankins. “We battled some nerves to post a decent team score and gain confidence in each other. We will be able to use this moving forward as we prepare for our next tournament.”
The fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys took home the tournament title, and Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans took home medalist honors for the second consecutive season.
Iowa’s final event of the fall season takes place on Oct. 28-29 in Dallas, Texas, at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, an event won by Vandersee last season.
2013 U.S. Collegiate Championship Final Results
1. #5 Oklahoma State, 849 (-15)
2. #2 Georgia Tech, 850 (-14)
3. #40 Wake Forest, 862 (-2)
4. #14 Virginia, 863 (-1)
T5. #3 Texas A&M, 864 (E)
T5. #17 UCLA, 864 (E)
T7. Iowa, 866 (+2)
T7. #9 Stanford, 866 (+2)
9. #45 Southern California, 869 (+5)
10. #10 Washington, 874 (+10)
T11. #25 Auburn, 878 (+14)
T11. #44 ETSU, 878 (+14)
13. #19 Kent State, 881 (+17)
14. Duke, 886 (+22)
15. #26 Clemson, 888 (+24)