Walker, Knoll Notch Top-20 Finishes at Windon Memorial Classic

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GLENVIEW, Ill. — Two University of Iowa men’s golfers registered top-20 finishes to guide the Hawkeyes to an eighth-place finish at the Windon Memorial Classic on Monday. Iowa finished with a 54-hole total of 887 (+23) in its second tournament of the fall at the North Shore Country Club.

34529“We played better today posting the fourth lowest round, it just wansn’t enough to jump up the leaderboard.” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. 

After opening with back-to-back 70’s (-2) in the first two rounds, sophomore Matthew Walker entered the third and final round at four-under-par with 18 holes left to play. The sophomore recorded a 77 (+5) on Monday, carding an eagle on the par-five second hole to tie for eighth overall. Walker finished with a three-round total of 217 (+1).

“Matthew had a great tournament earning his second top 10 in a row,” said Stith. “He’s disappointed with his final round because he tried to force it. It’s important for him to show patience, especially in windy conditions.”
Senior Raymond Knoll battled back after shooting two rounds over par in the opening rounds on Sunday. He finished in a tie for 18th place, firing an even-par 72 on Monday for a three-round total of 220 (+4). Knoll had five birdies on the day, birdieing the par-five second, seventh, and 15th holes, as well as the par-four fifth and 11th.  
Sam Meuret jumped 20 spots on the leaderboard in his third and final round. The junior scored three birdies en route to a 73 (+1). Meuret finished with a three-round total of 224 (+8), tying for 29th overall.
Senior Carson Schaake carded birdies on holes 10 and 15 to move up five spots on the leaderboard in the final round. Schaake tied for 45th overall with a 54-hole total of 228 (+12), including rounds of 72, 79, and 77.
Ryoto Furuya finished in a tie for 60th overall with a three-round total of 231 (+15). The freshman notched his best round of the tournament on Monday, carding a three-over-par 75.
Aaron DeNucci competed as an individual. The sophomore finished in a tie for 63rd, carding a 54-hole total of 232 (+16).

“We have a short week but we are prepared to compete at the Golfweek,” added Stith. 
The Hawkeyes return to action this weekend, hosting the GolfWeek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa. Tournament action begins Friday at 9 a.m. (CT), and will conclude on Sunday, October 2.