Hawkeyes Sign 2 Prep Standouts


Nov. 12, 2015

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s golf team has received National Letters of Intent from Alex Schaake and Jack Simpson. Both golfers will join the Hawkeyes in the fall of 2016, UI head coach Tyler Stith announced Wednesday.


    “We are excited to welcome Alex and Jack to the Hawkeye family,” said Stith. “Both are highly accomplished and competitive players that will be big assets to our team.”

    Schaake and Simpson join a program that has advanced to NCAA competition in each of the last seven seasons. Iowa has advanced to the NCAA Championship finals three times in the last seven years (2009, 2011, 2012).

    Alex Schaake
    Omaha Nebraska — Creighton Prep

    Schaake, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, is the brother of current Hawkeye Carson Schaake. Projected to be a four-year letterwinner at Creighton Prep, Schaake has helped lead the Junior Jays to three state titles and looks to make it four this spring. A two-time conference champion, Schaake placed third at the state tournament in 2014 and took second in 2015. He also garnered All-State recognition in both years. Schaake is a two-time Nebraska Junior Amateur Player of the Year (2014, 2015) and is ranked No. 46 in the class of 2016 recruiting rankings, according to National Junior Golf Scoreboard. The No. 1 recruit in the state of Nebraska, Schaake is also a two-time Nebraska Junior Amateur Champion, claiming medalist honors in 2014 and 2015.

    Stith on Schaake:
    “Alex is very talented player and has demonstrated the ability to shoot low numbers in competition. He won several tournaments in 2015 and is the top ranked player in the state of Nebraska.”

    Jack Simpson
    Aurora, Ontario — The Country Day School

    A native of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Simpson is one of five players to be selected for the 2016 Canadian National Development Team. Simpson won the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier and advanced to the round of 64. He also claimed medalist honors at the 2015 CN Future Links Ontario Championship. Simpson notched two top-five finishes in a pair of American Junior Golf Association events in 2015, recording a third place finish at the AJGA Killington Junior Championship and taking fifth at the AJGA Gary Gilchrist Championship.

    Stith on Simpson:
    “Jack had a breakout season in 2015 winning several tournaments in Ontario. He is one of the best young players in Canada and we’re excited that he’s going to be a Hawkeye.”

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