BALTIMORE — The University of Iowa men’s golf team used a season-best 18-hole score of 275 (-5) in the second round to move into a tie for third place at the Big Ten Championships. Alex Moorman paced the Hawkeyes on Saturday, shooting a career-low and team season-best of 66 (-4) at Baltimore Country Club’s par-70 East Course.
Iowa is tied with No. 43 Penn State at three-over-par (563). No. 12 Illinois is leading the conference tournament at 12-under-par, while Penn State’s Cole Miller is atop the individual leaderboard at seven-under-par.
The Black and Gold got off to a hot start, recording nine birdies and one eagle on the front nine and were eight-under-par when they were making the turn.
Moorman picked up right where he left off in round one, firing a bogey-free round, four-under-par (66) that featured four birdies. At two-under-par (138) and in a tie for eighth place, he has 25 consecutive holes at or below par. Moorman’s round is tied for the third lowest round of the tournament and is Iowa’s first round of the season under 67.
Two more Hawkeyes — Matthew Walker and Benton Weinberg — are inside the top 20. Walker used four birdies on the front nine to shoot an even-par (70) on the day to be in a tie for 13th after 36 holes. Weinberg, who is also tied for 13th with a two-round score of 141 (+1; 72, 69), recorded par or better on the first 15 holes of his round.
Senior Sam Meuret is tied for 24th at three-over-par (143). On the day, he was three-under-par on the front nine with an eagle on the fourth hole to finish at even-par (70), which was Iowa’s fourth score at or below par for the round.
- Iowa moved up three spots in the third round, the most of any team on the day.
- The Hawkeyes’ five-under-par second-round total was the third lowest score for the tournament and tied for the fourth lowest round in school history.
- Iowa is seeking its fourth straight fourth or better finish at the Big Ten Championships.
- The Hawkeyes are leading the tournament in par-three scoring average (2.98), while Sam Meuret is tied for the tournament lead in par-five scoring with an average of 4.25.
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“We were looking for someone to shoot a low number and Moorman stepped up with a bogey-free 66. Everyone improved from yesterday and that’s what we needed. We moved up three spots and got ourselves into the last group. I’m excited for the guys and the opportunity ahead of us tomorrow. The conditions will be different and we have to be ready for the challenge. We can only control how we perform.”
The final round will begin at 7 a.m. (CT) off holes No. 1 and 10. Iowa will be paired with first-place Illinois and second-place Ohio State, marking the third time in four years that the Hawkeyes have been in the final pairing at the Big Ten Championships.