DENVER, Colo. — University of Iowa men’s golf freshman Alex Schaake climbed 23 spots on the leaderboard in the final round of the Paintbrush Invitational on Tuesday to notch the first top-20 finish of his career. The Hawkeyes finished 10th overall as a team with a three-round total of 888 (+24).
Oklahoma State won the event with a three-round 850 (-14), while Colorado came in second (-5; 859).
Alex Schaake recorded his best collegiate round Tuesday, firing a one-under-par 71 to tie for 18th overall. His day was highlighted by four birdies and an eagle on the par-five seventh hole. Schaake’s three-round 218 (+2; 75, 72, 71) marked the lowest 54-hole total of his career.
“Alex played a really great round today, and he was a couple shots away from having a really great round yesterday,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “It’s been a lot of fun to watch his growth over the last few weeks. He’s already proven he can play at this level.”
Senior Raymond Knoll utilized four birdies en route to a three-over-par 75 on Tuesday. The Naperville, Illinois, native jumped eight spots on the final day to finish 39th overall with a 54-hole total of 224 (+8; 78, 71, 75).
Sam Meuret registered his best round of the tournament on Tuesday to climb 11 spots on the leaderboard. The junior carded a three-over-par 75, using three birdies and an eagle on the par-five seventh hole. He tied for 51st overall with a three-round 227 (+11; 76, 76, 75).
Senior Carson Schaake and sophomore Matthew Walker each tied for 57th. Schaake carded five birdies Tuesday, turning in a final-round 78 (+6). He finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 228 (+12) with rounds of 76, 74, and 78. Walker carded rounds of 74, 71, and 83 to finish with a three-round 228 (+12).
“This week we are going to work on our short game to get ourselves ready to face the test of Royal Oaks,” said Stith. “We have to be able to hit recovery shots. This week we just weren’t able to do that.”
The Hawkeyes return to action Oct. 24-25 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas.