STATESBORO, Ga. — Through two days at the Schenkel Invitational, the University of Iowa men’s golf team sits in seventh place at 575 (-1; 281, 294). The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at Forest Heights Country Club.
Tournament host Georgia Southern leads the 14-team field by seven strokes at 556 (-20). Iowa sits ahead of two teams ranked in the top-50 in the Golfstat rankings, including Kentucky (41), and North Florida (36).
“We started very slow, but fought back and turned at even par,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “On the back nine our putting let us down. We missed far too many short putts.”
Following an opening round of 67 (-5), senior Raymond Knoll carded a 73 (+1) in the second round, pushing his two-day total to 140 (-4; 67, 73). Knoll made three birdies and now sits in a tie for 12th.
Sophomore Matthew Walker made four birdies during Saturday’s second round. He is tied for 22nd with a 36-hole total of 143 (-1; 68, 75).
Senior Carson Schaake strung together three birdies to close out his front nine on his way to a one-under-par 71. He is tied for 27th with a two-day total to 144 (E; 73, 71).
Freshman Ryoto Furuya carded an eagle on the par-five seventh en route to a second round 75 (+3). Furuya’s two-day total of 148 (+4; 73, 75) has him in a tie for 44th with 18 holes left to play.
Freshman Alex Schaake is tied for 52nd following first and second round totals of 74 (+2) and 76 (+4). Competing as an individual, freshman Jack Simpson remains in 80th (164, +20; 83, 81).
“Tomorrow we have an opportunity to play our best round of the tournament,” added Stith. “It has to be a complete team effort. We need everyone in the round from the start.”
The Hawkeyes conclude play at the Schenkel Invitational Sunday morning with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. (CT). Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.