Schaake Tees Off at The Players Amateur

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa men’s golfer Carson Schaake began competition at the 17th annual Players Amateur, teeing off at 6 a.m. (CT) this morning.  The four-day event is being played at Berkeley Hall Club’s South Course in Bluffton, South Carolina.
The Players Amateur is known as one of the premier amateur events in the United States.  All
participants are competing for a sponsors exemption into the 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR event.
Schaake, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, joins a handful of the top amateur golfers from around the world, including University of Florida golfer Sam Horsfield.  Horsfield, the SEC’s Freshman of the Year, competed in the U.S. Open and received the Phil Michelson Award, given to the nation’s top freshman golfer.  He is currently ranked sixth on the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
Schaake competed in every event for the Hawkeyes last season, guiding them to their eighth straight NCAA Regional appearance.  He averaged 72.97 strokes per round and led the team with four top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.  He won the Big Ten Championships as a sophomore in 2015, becoming Iowa’s third individual Big Ten Champion and first since 1992.
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