EUGENE, Oregon — The University of Iowa men’s golf team is in 11th place in the Duck Invitational after day one with a 36-hole total of 595 (+27). Sophomore Alex Schaake fired the low Hawkeye score of the tournament with a second-round 72 at the par-71 Eugene Country Club.
Iowa was tied for seventh place with Pacific and San Diego State after round one at 12-over-par. Thanks to 10 birdies in the first nine holes of the second round, the Hawkeyes climbed seven spots at one point to hold a share of the lead. Iowa gave some strokes back on the challenging front nine but is only six strokes back from gaining four spots on the leaderboard.
Santa Clara is leading the tournament at 11-over-par, and Loyola Marymount’s Riley Elmes is atop the individual leaderboard at five-under-par.
Schaake shot a two-round 146 (+4; 74, 72) and currently sits in 17th place. Schaake’s seven birdies on the day were tied for the second most from an individual out of the 88 competitors.
Junior Matthew Walker had an up-and-down day to tie for 34th with a 36-hole score of 149 (+7; 73, 76). Walker had two birdies in each round.
Freshman Jake Rowe, who was competing in the Hawkeye lineup for the first time in his collegiate career, registered four birdies in the first nine holes of the second round to finish with a 74 for the round. The Portadown, Northern Ireland, native is tied for 68th at 12-over-par.
Sophomore Benton Weinberg, finished his day with 10 straight pars to tie for 49th after two rounds. Alex Moorman, who is tied for 56th, was one of three Hawkeyes to record three birdies on the back nine of the second round. The redshirt sophomore finished the day at 10-over-par.
- Schaake is on pace for his second straight top-15 finish, while Walker is looking for his second straight top-25 finish.
- The Hawkeyes registered 25 birdies in the first two rounds, which is tied for second most out of the 16-team field.
- Iowa tied for second with four other teams in par-five scoring average at 4.77 (-7).
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“Through 27 holes we had a share of the lead. To be sitting in 11th is disappointing. We started both rounds fairly well, but the front, which was our finishing stretch, gave us a lot of trouble. We didn’t execute shots at inopportune times. We showed a glimpse of our potential, but we need to finish better. Tomorrow we get another opportunity to play those holes better. We need to maintain our focus better than we did today.”
The third round begins with a shotgun start tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (CT).