DALLAS – After recording a three-over-par 287 in the third and final round of the Trinity Forest Invitational, the University of Iowa men’s golf team finished the tournament in ninth place with a 863 (+11; 290, 286, 287).Two Hawkeyes — Benton Weinberg and Matthew Walker — registered top-25 finishes in Iowa’s third tournament in September.
Tenth-ranked Florida won the tournament after an impressive nine-under-par third round performance to finish the tournament 17-under-par (835), 10 strokes ahead of No. 13 Auburn. Seven of the eight teams ahead of Iowa were ranked nationally in the top-22. USC’s Justin Suh pulled away from the field with a final round four-under-par to claim medalist honors with a three-round 203 (-10).
Sophomore Benton Weinberg recorded his second 69 (-2) of the tournament to tie for 24th, his best finish of the year. Weinberg used four birdies on the back nine to card a career-best 54-hole score of 215 (+2; 77, 69, 69). Weinberg was one of only seven players in the 78-player field to record two rounds in the 60’s.
Junior Matthew Walker also tied for 24th after posting a third-round, two-over-par 73. Walker recorded his second eagle of the tournament on the par-five 11th to post a season-best 54-hole score of 215 (+2; 70, 72, 73).
Ryoto Furuya improved each day to card an even-par 71 in the third round to finish the tournament in a tie for 55th.
HAWKEYES ON THE TEAM LEADERBOARD
Walker and Weinberg were each a stroke off a top-20 finish. After a rough start on the back-nine, the Hawkeyes turned it around on the front nine to finish the tournament strong.
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“We struggled through a stretch of holes this morning that we played well the first two rounds. We got out of position and compounded mistakes. Benton played another great round today. He’s growing in confidence with each tournament. We can take some positives from this week. We were able to go head to head with some of the country’s best teams. We need to work and continue to narrow that gap.”
The Hawkeyes return to action on Oct. 8-9 at the Windon Memorial in Chicago hosted by Northwestern. Iowa finished eighth in last year’s tournament.