BALTIMORE, Md. — The University of Iowa men’s golf team climbed two spots on the leaderboard in the second round of the Big Ten Championships on Saturday. The Hawkeyes fired a 288 today, bringing their 36-hole total to 582 (+22; 294, 288). They are in seventh place overall. The tournament is being played at Baltimore Country Club.
No. 9 Illinois pulled further away from the field in the second round, firing a 279 (-1), they are 12-under-par. Purdue and Northwestern follow in second at eight-over-par. Edoardo Lipparelli of Illinois is leading the championship at five-under-par.
“We definitely played better today,” said UI head coach Tyler Stith. “I felt like we took care of our tee shots better, and hit a lot more fairways and greens. We talked last night and knew we just needed to execute a little bit better today.”
Freshman Jack Simpson led the Hawkeyes in round two. He posted a season and career best 68 (-2), collecting two birdies on the front nine and all pars on the back nine. He is tied for 14th overall, with a 36-hole total of 142 (+2; 74, 68).
“We talk about clean scorecards all the time and Jack did that today putting a really good round together,” said Stith. “I am really happy for him.”
Senior Carson Schaake posted a second round 73 (+3), including 13 holes at or below par. The Omaha, Nebraska, native is 10-over-par (150) and tied for 52nd.
Senior Raymond Knoll fired a 74 (+4) in round two, moving his 36-hole total to 144 (+4; 70, 74). Knoll carded three birdies and 11 holes at or below par on Saturday, putting him in a tie for 25th overall.
Sophomore Matthew Walker posted back-to-back 73’s (+3) in the first and second round, moving him to six-over-par total. Walker made 15 pars in the second round and is tied for 33rd.
Freshman Alex Schaake carded three birdies and 13 holes at or below par en route to a four-over-par 74, bringing his 36-hole total to 152 (+12; 78, 74). He is for 60th with 18 holes left to play.
“We still have one more round to play and I feel good,” added Stith. “I don’t think we have played anywhere close to our potential yet. I know a couple of our guys are close and I expect them to have a much better day tomorrow.”
The 2017 Big Ten Championships conclude Sunday morning with 7 a.m. (CT) tee times off holes No. 1 and 10. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.