DALLAS — The University of Iowa men’s golf team placed seventh at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The Hawkeyes shot three-over-par in Tuesday’s third round to finish with a 54-hole score of 858 (+6; 292, 279, 287) at the par-71 Royal Oaks Country Club.
Iowa had three golfers — Benton Weinberg, Matthew Walker, and Sam Meuret — place inside the top 30.
Behind three under-par rounds, eighth-ranked and host Baylor carded a tournament-record 25-under-par (827) to win the event by 19 strokes. Arkansas finished in second place at six-under-par (846). Including Baylor, three of the six teams ahead of Iowa were ranked in the top-17. Baylor’s Cooper Dossey claimed medalist honors with an 11-under-par 202.
Sophomore Benton Weinberg led the Hawkeyes with a career-best 54-hole score of 212 (-1; 74, 67, 71). Weinberg used two rounds at or below par to tie for a season-best 17th place, his first top-20 finish of the season. Weinberg was two strokes from a top-10 finish.
Junior Matthew Walker tied for 26th after carding a one-over-par 72 in the third round that included four birdies. For the tournament, Walker recorded a 54-hole score of 215 (+2; 74, 69, 72).
Senior Sam Meuret eagled the par-five 18th hole in the third round to tie for 29th place. Meuret’s three-round 216 was one stroke off his season-best 54-hole score of 215.
Sophomore Alex Schaake battled throughout the tournament to finish in 38th place with a 54-hole score of 217 (+4; 72, 73, 72). Schaake led the Hawkeyes with 12 birdies on the tournament.
HAWKEYES ON THE TEAM LEADERBOARD
Weinberg’s top-20 finish was Iowa’s sixth finish inside the top-20 this season. Iowa moved up three spots in the standings in the final round of the tournament and was two strokes away from tying for a top-five finish. Iowa’s par-four average was 4.10, which tied Michigan for third in the 13-team field.
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“When you look at our performance as a group it was ultimately the first round that held us back. Our second and third rounds were fifth and fourth best. Today was especially difficult in a 30 mph wind. It magnifies mistakes and makes you second guess every decision. We showed a lot of character today as a team. Benton was steady all tournament. He ended with an awesome birdie to shoot even and finish in the top 20.”
Iowa returns to action this spring at the Big Ten Match Play Championships in Palm Coast, Florida on Feb. 9-10.