April 19, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s golf team finished third in the 12-team field at the 22nd annual Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational. The Hawkeyes, ranked 46th in the country, posted a 289 on Sunday on the final 18 holes at the UI’s own Finkbine Golf Course, carding a 54-hole team score of 853 (-11; 284, 280, 289).
42nd-ranked Iowa State won the team race (847, -17), followed by Idaho (852, -12). Iowa State’s victory marks only the second time in six years that a team other than Iowa won. Louis Cohen Boyer of Wichita State was the tournament medalist at 16-under-par (66, 65, 69: 200), the lowest 54-hole score in tournament history.
“We did not play as well as we would have liked to today, but 11-under-par overall is a pretty good score,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “We can’t allow ourselves to get too down on ourselves. We played well, but we didn’t play well enough to win; Iowa State and Idaho out-played us and we got beat.”
Sophomore Carson Schaake led the way for the Hawkeyes throughout the two-day tournament. After recording a 73 and a career best 66 in the first and second rounds, the Omaha, Nebraska, native carded a one-under-par 71 on the final round of 18. Schaake finished with a total of 210 (-6) to finish tied for fourth, matching his career best finish individually. He finished tied for fourth at the Hawkeye-GRE Invitational last spring and more recently at the Windon Memorial Classic this past fall.
Competing for the first time this spring, junior Nate Yankovich posted first and second round totals of 70 and 71, before finishing with a 72. He finished with a total of 213 (-3) to tie for 10th, his best finish of the year. Yankovich fell one stroke shy of matching his career best score on 54-holes that he recorded at the Windon Memorial Classic during the fall.
“Nate played these last couple of days like he did in the fall,” said Stith. “When he plays the game confidently, he is a really good player. I’m really proud of his performance this week. It was really important for us that he stepped up and played well.”
Senior Ian Vandersee finished 12th, a season-best, shooting his best round of the year at two-under-par (214). He posted rounds of 70, 73, and 71.
Senior Brian Bullington and sophomore Raymond Knoll finished tied for 21st (218, +2) and 23rd (219, +3). Bullington carded rounds of 72, 71, and 75, while Knoll shot back-to-back even par 72’s in the first two rounds and a 75 in round three.
Junior Voramate Aussarassakorn and freshmen Jack Holmgren and Sam Meuret each competed as individuals this weekend. Aussarassakorn finished tied for 13th (215, -1) after firing rounds of 71, 70, and 74. Meuret carded rounds of 70, 78, and 71, putting him in a tie for 23rd (219, +3), while Holmgren tied for 65th (238, +22) after posting rounds of 80, 78, and 80.
“We’ve got a short week ahead of us; we have to turn around quick and get ready to go to Big Ten’s,” said Stith. “I feel strong about our chances and I’m really looking forward to next weekend.”
The Hawkeyes are back in action next weekend when they compete for a Big Ten title at the Big Ten Championships in Newburgh, Indiana on April 24-26.