DALLAS, Texas – The University of Iowa men’s golf team concluded day one of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at the Royal Oaks Country Club on Monday. With two rounds completed, sophomore Matthew Walker leads the Hawkeyes (T-7th) heading into Tuesday’s final round. Iowa is currently in fifth with a 36-hole total of 716 (+6).
Walker led the Hawkeyes with a two-round total of 140 (-2). The sophomore opened with an even-par 71, highlighted with four birdies on the front nine. Walker registered six more birdies in the second round to card a two-under-par 69. He is tied for seventh overall.
“Matthew bounced back strong after a few bogies to start the day,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “He showed a lot of patience and turned his day around.”
Senior Raymond Knoll posted a two-round total of 143 (+1). After opening with a 72 (+1) in round one, Knoll registered three birdies and an eagle en route to an even-par 71 in round two. He is currently tied for 18th overall.
Freshman Ryoto Furuya opened with a career-best 71 (E), highlighted by five birdies. Furuya followed with a second-round 73 (+2), for a two-round total of 144 (+2). He is tied for 25th heading into the final round.
Freshman Alex Schaake and junior Sam Meuret followed. Schaake opened the tournament with an even-par 71 — tying his season-best 18-hole performance. Schaake posted a second-round 76 (+5), for a 36-hole total of 147 (+5). Meuret posted rounds of 74 and 73 on the day. The duo is tied for 44th with one round left to play.
Senior Carson Schaake rounded out the Iowa lineup. After posting an opening-round 79 (+8), Schaake bounced back with an even-par 71 in round two. His second round was highlighted by a pair of birdies. Schaake is in 57th with a 36-hole total of 150 (+8).
Baylor leads the tournament with a two-round total of 683 (-27).
“We had some good individual performances but today’s result was a group effort,” said Stith. “We’re in a good position and if we demonstrate the same patience tomorrow we can catch some teams.”
The Royal Oaks Intercollegiate concludes Tuesday with an 8:15 a.m. (CT) start off of holes one and 10.