The University of Iowa men’s golf team continues its spring break in Statesboro, Georgia, Friday through Sunday (March 17-March 19) for the annual Schenkel Invitational hosted by Georgia Southern. The 54-hole tournament will be held at Forest Heights Country Club.
Friday, March 17 — tee times, 8-10 a.m.
Saturday, March 18 — tee times, 8-10 a.m.
Sunday, March 19 — tee times, 7-9 a.m.
**all times are central**
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Iowa joins an elite field of 14 teams at the Schenkel Invitational. Seven teams are ranked inside the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Vanderbilt is the highest ranked team at No. 1, while Florida holds the No. 2 spot. In addition to Vanderbilt and Florida, the field includes Iowa (80), UAB (82), Charleston (61), East Tennessee (105), Georgia Southern (81), Jacksonville (31), Kansas State (108), Kentucky (40), Lipscomb (43), NC State (46), North Florida (37), and Notre Dame (96).
The 54-hole tournament will be played at Forest Heights Country Club. Playing as a par-72, 6,962 yard course, Forest Heights has hosted the Annual Southeastern Amateur Golf Tournament, as well as the Southern Conference Tournament.
HISTORICALLY AT SCHENKEL
This weekend will be the fourth time the Hawkeyes have competed at the Schenkel Invitational since its inception in 1971. Iowa posted a 54-hole total of 856 (-8; 279, 290, 287) last spring to finish in 12th place. In 2015, the Hawkeyes finished in ninth with a three-day total of 859 (-5; 285, 283, 291).
TWICE IS NICE
Iowa faced No. 32 Michigan State at the Chechessee Creek Club Dual last weekend in Okatie, South Carolina. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans with a 363 (+13). Iowa also defeated No. 1 seeded Michigan State in the second round of the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Palm Coast, Florida last month.
KNOLL CLAIMS MEDALIST HONORS AT CHECHESSEE CLUB DUAL
Senior Raymond Knoll claimed medalist honors at the Chechessee Creek Club Dual this past weekend with an 18-hole total of 70 (E), it marked the second medalist honor of Knolls career. Freshman Alex Schaake finished one stroke behind knoll in a tie for second. The one-over-par 71 ties Schaake’s career best following two other rounds of 71 this past fall.
KNOLL, WALKER, SCHAAKE PRODUCE WINS AT B1G MATCH PLAY
Senior Raymond Knoll and sophomore Matthew Walker each posted three wins in four rounds at the Big Ten Match Play, while freshman Alex Schaake locked up two wins. Schaake fought back from a four-down deficit through 10 holes to knock off Michigan State’s Andrew Walker (2-up), before defeating Penn State in the third round. Knoll and Walker also posted wins against Penn State, Indiana, and Minnesota.
MOORMAN JOINS IOWA LINEUP
The Hawkeyes welcomed redshirt freshman Alex Moorman to the team this winter. The Centerville, Iowa, native transfered from Kansas after making three starts for the Jayhawks and posting a 73.44 average this past fall. Moorman made his collegiate debut at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate posting a 68 (-3) on Sept. 23.
SCHMID NAMED ASSISTANT COACH
Former University of Iowa student-athlete Jeff Schmid was named interim assistant coach for the Iowa men’s golf program in early February. Schmid brings 18 years of professional golf experience and nine years of instruction and coaching experience.He most recently served as a golf instructor and professional at country clubs in Columbia, Missouri.
The Hawkeyes competed in five tournaments last fall, averaging 75.11 strokes-per-round as a team. Senior Raymond Knoll lead the Hawkeyes with a scoring average of 72.06, sophomore Matthew Walker followed close behind at 72.26. Freshman Alex Schaake recorded a top-20 finish at the Paintbrush Intercollegiate, finishing the fall slate with a 73.78 scoring average.
CLIMBING THE LEADERBOARD
Senior Raymond Knoll leads the Hawkeye squad with a scoring average of 71.93 this season. Knoll was the top finisher for Iowa at two tournaments in the fall. Sophomore Matthew Walker follows with 72.25 strokes-per-round and has four top-10 finishes.
Iowa’s lowest 18-hole round of the season came on the last day of the Golfweek Conference Challenge when the Hawkeyes carded a 284 (-4). Matthew Walker led the team, firing a 66 (-6) — the lowest round of the entire tournament.
Freshman Alex Schaake carded a career best at the Paintbrush Invitational, posting a 54-hole total of 218 (+2). He climbed 23 spots during his final round, posting a 71 and finishing in a tie for 18th overall. The Paintbrush Invitational was Schaake’s second tournament as a Hawkeye.
Two Hawkeyes recorded multiple top-10 finishes during the fall season. Senior Raymond Knoll and sophomore Matthew Walker both registered top-10 finishes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Knoll finished third, while Walker finished in a tie for eighth. The duo also finished in the top-10 at the Gopher Invite with Knoll finishing in fourth and Walker in a tie for seventh. Walker also finished in a tie for eighth at the WIndon Memorial Classic, while Knoll tied for 18th.
3 HAWKEYES ON B1G PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Seniors Raymond Knoll, Carson Schaake, and sophomore Matthew Walker were named to the 2016 Big Ten Men’s Golf Preseason Watch List.
Knoll competed in every tournament for the Hawkeyes last year, averaging 73 strokes-per -round. He led Iowa with 10 rounds at par or better in the spring. Knoll finished in the top 20 in four events in the spring, including a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
Schaake — the 2015 Big Ten Champion — averaged 72.97 strokes-per-round in his junior campaign. He finished at or below par in eight rounds and was Iowa’s top finisher in each of the last three 2016 spring events.
Walker competed in every tournament last season, becoming the first true freshman to do so since 1992 (Sean McCarty). Walker averaged 73.33 strokes-per-round in the spring and shot at or below par in eight rounds.
LEADING THE CHARGE
Carson Schaake and Raymond Knoll are the lone seniors leading the Hawkeyes this season. Knoll won the 2015 Golfweek Conference Challenge . He won the prestigious event with a 54-hole total of 205 (-11; 66, 67, 72) — the lowest three-round total in program history. Schaake won the individual Big Ten Championship title as a sophomore in 2015, becoming the third Hawkeye in program history to win a Big Ten Conference Title.
WALKER MAKES HISTORY
Sophomore Matthew Walker has competed in every event for the Hawkeyes since his freshman year. The Ottumwa, Iowa, native was the first true freshman to compete in every fall tournament for the Hawkeyes since Cole Peevler in 2005.
8 STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCES
Iowa has advanced to NCAA competition in each of the last eight seasons, joining Illinois as the only Big Ten teams selected to NCAA Regional competition in each of the last eight seasons. Iowa has advanced to the NCAA Championship finals three times in the last seven years (2009, 2011, 2012).
Iowa has won 12 tournaments since 2008 and has had 15 individual medalists since 2009, including Carson Schaake, who was crowned individual co-champion at the 2015 Big Ten Championships and Raymond Knoll who won last year’s GolfWeek Conference Challenge. The Hawkeyes have also had three All-Americans since 2008.
The Hawkeyes continue their spring campaign at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tennessee, March 31-April 2. The three-day tournament will be hosted by Vanderbilt.