DALLAS — The University of Iowa men’s golf team carded a second round 279 (-5) to finish in 10th place after day one of the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The Hawkeyes recorded a 36-hole score of 571 (+3) at the par-71 Royal Oaks Country Club that stretches 7,068 yards.
Iowa’s 279 in the afternoon tied 50th-ranked Pepperdine for the fifth best second round score.
Behind back-to-back under-par rounds, seventh-ranked and host Baylor is leading the field by 13 strokes at 22-under-par (545). Seventeenth-ranked Arkansas is in second place at nine-under-par.
Sophomore Benton Weinberg turned in the best Hawkeye performance with a two round 141 (-1; 74, 67). Weinberg registered six birdies in the second round to card a career-best 18-hole score of 67 (-4). Weinberg is tied for 25th place after day one.
Junior Matthew Walker rebounded nicely in the second round to finish the day in a tie for 36th place. After Walker’s 11th hole of the day, he scored par or better on every hole. Walker’s bogey-free second round was his sixth round at or below par this season. Walker fired a 36-hole total of 143 (+1; 74, 69).
Senior Sam Meuret was one of three Hawkeyes to record at least five birdies in one round. Meuret fired a second-round 70 (-1) for a 36-hole score of 144. Meuret sits in a tie for 40th place.
Sophomore Ryoto Furuya tied for 58th place after recording a first round 72 (+1) with five birdies. Sophomore Alex Schaake had an up-and-down day to sit in a tie for 45th after day one.
HAWKEYES ON THE TEAM LEADERBOARD
Benton Weinberg is closing in on a career finish of 15th place he set at the Hawkeye Invite last spring. Weinberg is one stroke off a top-20 finish and three strokes off a top-10 finish. As a team, the Hawkeyes are four strokes back from moving up four spots in the overall standings.
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“We started the day decent, but went flat on the back nine. We didn’t execute well enough and the putters went cold. The second round was a much better performance. Benton, Matthew, and Sam played solid. Alex battled back from five-over-par to shoot two-over-par. Benton’s 67 was clutch. We needed someone to step up this afternoon and he responded.”
Final round play will begin at 8:30 a.m. (CT) off holes one and 10.