COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Carson Schaake led the University of Iowa men’s golf team on day one of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on Saturday. Schaake fired a 36-hole total of 145 (+3; 75, 70) and is tied for second with 18 holes left to play.
The Hawkeyes survived blistery conditions on day one and are in third place heading into the final round after posting a two-round total of 593 (+25; 300, 293)
Twelfth ranked Kent State leads the 15-team field after posting 597 (+11; 294, 285). Tenth ranked Illinois follows in second, one stroke behind Kent State at twelve-over-par.
“We knew it was going to be difficult this morning starting on a tough stretch of holes, but we hung in there and grinded out a few decent rounds,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith.
Senior Raymond Knoll and sophomore Matthew Walker are tied for 17th at seven-over-par. Knoll registered three birdies on the day, posting a two-round total of 149 (+7; 78, 71), while Walker carded a 75 and 74 on day one.
Freshman Alex Schaake registered three birdies in his first round to put together a 153 two-round total. Schaake is tied for 35th at 11-over-par for the tournament. Freshman Jack Simpson followed Schaake, posting a 36-hole total of 160 (+18; 82, 78). Simpson is tied for 63rd overall.
“This afternoon we got off to a much better start and carried that momentum through the round,” added Stith. “Our seniors played great and got us into the final pairing.”
The Hawkeyes return to action Sunday morning, teeing off at 7 a.m. (CT).