DALLAS — The University of Iowa men’s golf team moved into ninth place in the loaded 13-team Trinity Forest Invitational after firing a second-round 286 (+2) at the par-71 Trinity Forest Golf Club. Behind Benton Weinberg‘s career-tying 18-hole score of 69 (-2), the Hawkeyes have a 36-hole score of 576 (+8).
Florida and Auburn are tied for the lead at 8-under-par (560). Auburn, and North Texas, who is in third place, were the only two teams to shoot under-par for the day. USC’s Justin Suh and Auburn’s Brandon Mancheno are leading the tournament with a 36-hole score of 136.
Most teams were in the red numbers from the start of the second round, and Iowa was no different. On the first three holes of the back nine, the Hawkeyes were five-under-par after five combined birdies from Alex Schaake, Matthew Walker, and Weinberg.
Walker is still leading the Hawkeyes in a tie for 16th with a 36-hole score of 142 (+1) after posting a one-over-par 72 in the second round. Schaake birdied his first two-holes of the day to finish the back nine one-under-par. For the tournament, Schaake is tied for 27th place with an 18-hole score of 144 (+2).
Weinberg’s hot start paired with only one bogey on the round moved himself up 20 spots into a tie for 48th place along with Sam Meuret. Both Meuret and Weinberg have a 36-hole score of 146 (+4).
HAWKEYES ON THE TEAM LEADERBOARD
The Hawkeyes lead the field with 117 pars after two solid rounds. Walker is currently two strokes out of a top-10 finish. Furuya rebounded nicely with a second-round, two-over-par 73 to move into a tie for 63rd at nine-over-par 151 in 18 holes.
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“We did start well today. We were able to hole some putts and gain momentum. Benton did a nice job managing his round today. His short game was outstanding and he showed a lot of grit. He was unlucky to make bogey on his last hole. He hit two great shots. We go out early tomorrow hoping for another good start to build confidence on a strong finish.”
Play will begin at 8 a.m. (CT) off holes one and 10. Iowa tees off at 8 a.m. (CT) tomorrow off hole 10 along with Texas and Clemson. The five Hawkeyes will tee off in 10-minute intervals.