STATESBORO, Ga. — Senior Raymond Knoll led the University of Iowa men’s golf team Friday at the Schenkel Invitational in Statesboro, Georgia. The Hawkeyes are tied for third place with Lipscomb after recording an opening-round team score of 281 (-7). It marked Iowa’s lowest 18-hole team score of the season.
Charleston leads the 14-team field after carding a 279 (-9) in the opening round. Tournament host Georgia Southern sits in second at 280 (-8).
“We posted a good round led by Raymond’s 67 and Matthew’s 68,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “They both played very solid throughout the day.”
After taking the title at the Chechessee Creek Club Dual, senior Raymond Knoll picked up right where he left off, firing an opening round 67 (-5). It marked his lowest 18-hole round of the season. Knoll is tied for second with Brett Barron of Georgia Southern. His round was highlighted by seven birdies and 16 holes at or below par.
Sophomore Matthew Walker sits in a tie for fourth after posting an opening round 68 (-4). The Ottumwa, Iowa, native registered six birdies and made par or better on 16 holes. Walker’s round of 68 is two strokes off his lowest round of the season.
Senior Carson Schaake and Freshman Ryoto Furuya each carded a one-over-par 73. The pair is tied for 37th with 36 holes left to play. Schaake and Furuya each had three birdies in the round, while Schaake also registered an eagle on the par-five 12th hole.
Freshman Alex Schaake is tied for 46th, finishing one stroke behind Carson Schaake and Furuya. Alex Schaake posted a two-over-par 74.
Freshman Jack Simpson carded an 83 (+11), competing as an individual in the tournament. Simpson sits in 80th through the first 18 holes.
“Tomorrow we need to get a couple more guys going early,” added Stith. “We need to show patience and settle into the round.”
Second round play at the Schenkel Invitational tees off at 8 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.