Oct. 9, 2014
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The University of Iowa men’s golf team travels to Durham, North Carolina, this weekend to compete in the fifth annual Rod Myers Invitational held at Duke University Golf Club. The two-day tournament, hosted by Duke University, begins on Saturday Oct. 11 with a round of 36 holes. Sunday’s final round consists of 18 holes. Live stats will be available via golfstat.com.
Twelve teams are set to compete at the Rod Myers Invitational. In addition to Iowa, the Big Ten’s Michigan State and Northwestern join Duke, Baylor, Charlotte, Dartmouth, East Carolina, Liberty, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Tulsa.
Located in Durham, North Carolina, the Duke University Golf Club plays to a 7,154-yard, par-72 layout. The Club opened to the public in 1957 and has hosted the 1962 and 2001 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Champonships.
The Hawkeyes have competed in the previous four Rod Myers Invitationals. Iowa won the event in the fall of 2010, posting a team score of 851 (-13). That mark is lowest team total in the history of the tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Iowa men’s golf team competed in the 18th-annual Windon Memorial Classic from Sept. 21-22 finishing ahead of 11 teams, including four Big Ten teams — Purdue, Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin — with an overall final team score of 849 (+9) to tie for third with Michigan. Sophomore Carson Schaake led the way for the Hawkeyes, posting a 209 (-1) over the course of 54 holes to grab a fourth place finish on the individual leaderboard. Junior Nate Yankovich finished with a total of 212 (+2) to tie for 14th while sophomore Raymond Knoll finished tied for 17th at three-over-par (213), posting three-straight rounds of 71. Senior Brian Bullington followed Knoll, tying for 36th with a three-round total of 218 (+8) and senior Ian Vandersee finished in a tie for 45th. He recorded rounds of 72, 74, and 74 for a 220 (+10).
HAWKEYES IN THE RANKINGS
The University of Iowa men’s golf team is ranked 38th in the most recent Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Poll released on Oct. 3. Iowa is the third-highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll. Iowa is also ranked 33rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Iowa is the second-highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll that features 262 teams.
6-STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCES
Iowa has advanced to NCAA competition in each of the last six seasons, joining Illinois and Northwestern as the only Big Ten teams selected to NCAA Regional competition in each of the last six seasons. Iowa has advanced to the NCAA Championship finals three times in the last six years.
3 HAWKEYES ON B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Seniors Brian Bullington and Ian Vandersee, and sophomore Raymond Knoll were selected to the 2014-15 Big Ten Men’s Golfers to Watch List. Each member of the trio garnered PING All-Region honors last year.
NEW FACE AT THE HELM
Tyler Stith is in his first year as the head coach at the University of Iowa in 2014-15. Stith was named the UI head coach on Aug. 22, 2014. Stith, a former assistant coach and student-athlete at Iowa, served as assistant coach at Minnesota the last three years.
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The Hawkeyes return to action on Friday, Oct. 17, when they head to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the U.S. Collegiate Championship. The three-day tournament is hosted by Georgia Tech University.