April 22, 2016
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NEWBURGH, Ind. — The University of Iowa men’s golf team sits in third place at the Big Ten Championships after three Hawkeyes shot under par in Friday’s opening round. The Hawkeyes carded a first round, three-under-par 285.
Leading the 14-team field is second-ranked Illinois at 279 (-9). Maryland is in second place at six-under-par 282.
“I’m pleased with today’s start,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “We showed patience and discipline throughout the entire round.
“Tomorrow is a completely new day. We need to refocus ourselves and be ready for the challenge.”
Leading the way for the Hawkeyes on Friday was junior Carson Schaake. Co-medalist of last year’s Big Ten Championships, Schaake carded a two-under-par 70 in the first round, making par or better on 16 holes, including five birdies. He is currently tied for sixth and is two strokes behind tournament leaders Charlie Danielson (Illinois) and Joe Brooks (Maryland).
“Today was a solid round overall,” said Schaake. “I made the round easy. I stuck to my game plan of hitting fairways and greens and made a couple putts for birdie. The team played great today and we are in perfect position going into tomorrow. If we put together another solid round tomorrow, we will have a chance going into Sunday.”
Right behind Schaake are junior Raymond Knoll and freshman Matthew Walker, who are tied for 13th at one-under-par 71. Knoll’s opening round 71 marks the fifth time in six rounds he has made par or better. Walker’s first round was highlighted by a bogey-free second nine, which included consecutive birdies on holes three, four, five, and six. He was three strokes over par after making the turn on hole 18.
The Hawkeyes return to Victoria National Golf Club on Saturday morning for a second round of 18. Tee times begin at 9 a.m. (CT) off the first and 10th tees. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
OVERALL TEAM SCORES
1. Illinois 279 (-9)
2. Maryland 282 (-6)
3. IOWA 285 (-3)
T4. Purdue 291 (+3)
T4. Mich. State 291 (+3)
T6. Michigan 292 (+4)
T6. N’western 292 (+4)
8. Penn State 294 (+6)
9. Ohio State 298 (+10)
10. Nebraska 299 (+11)
11. Indiana 300 (+12)
12. Minnesota 303 (+15)
13. Wisconsin 304 (+16)
14. Rutgers 309 (+21)