IOWA CITY, Iowa — Sophomore Alex Schaake was selected to the Division I PING All-Midwest Region Team as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
The Omaha, Nebraska, native recently earned First Team All-Big Ten honors, followed by a top-24 finish at NCAA Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. Schaake’s 18-hole scoring average (71.88) was the fourth lowest in Hawkeye history since the 1991-92 season.
Schaake’s first highlight of the year came at the GolfweekConference Challenge in September where he recorded a 54-hole career low of 208 (-8) to finish in second place. He fired three straight under-par rounds and it was a sign for what was to come in his sophomore campaign.
Schaake went on to card 13 rounds at or below par with four top-10 finishes, both of which were team bests. At the Windon Memorial Classic in October, Schaake matched his 54-hole career-low total of 208 to tie for fifth.
In the spring, Schaake finished 25th or better in six of seven stroke-play events, while being the top Hawkeye-finisher in four of them. A second place, four-under-par performance at the Hawkeye Invitational tallied Schaake’s fourth top-10 finish.
Schaake was just as strong in the postseason. He tied for 18th at six-over-par and helped the Hawkeyes to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. Selected as an individual to NCAA Regionals, Schaake was neck and neck with the best golfers in the nation to tie for 24th with a 54-hole total of 220 (+7; 73, 74, 73).