SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Iowa junior Benton Weinberg led the Hawkeyes on the first day of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic on Sunday. Iowa finished the day with host Notre Dame for fifth place in the 15-team field with a 36-hole score of 556 (-12) at the par-71 (7,020 yards) Warren Golf Course.
No. 29 Illinois leads the field with a two-round score of 538 (-30), while Georgia Southern (543; -25) and No. 48 North Carolina (550; -18) round out the top-three.
Weinberg tied a career-best 18-hole score of 67 (-4) in round two, pacing the Hawkeyes with a two-round total of 135 (-7), tying sixth. The Potomac, Maryland, native fired five birdies in round one to finish with an 18-hole score of 68 (-3). In round two, he shot at or below par on all 18 holes, including an eagle on hole 10.
Junior Alex Schaake is tied for 12th with a 36-hole score of 136 (-6) after posting two rounds at or below par on day one. Schaake fired a 69 (-2) in round one and a 67 (-4) in round two for a team leading seven rounds at or below par on the season. He finished round two at or below par on all 18-holes and an eagle on hole 10 in round one.
Freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero finished the day with a two-round total of 141 (-1), tying for 30th moving into the final round.
Senior Matthew Walker and redshirt junior Alex Moorman are tied for 52nd with a 36-hole score of 145 (+3). Walker carded his fifth round at or below par in the first round with a 71 (E). Moorman shot a 72 (+1) in round one and a 73 (+2) in round two.
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- Iowa is second in the field with a team total 122 pars and two eagles.
- Gonzalo Leal Montero is second in the field with a par five scoring average of 4.00 (-6).
- Alex Schaake and Alex Moorman are fourth in the field with 27 pars.
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“We lost some momentum between rounds, but the guys rebounded well down the stretch. Benton just played his game today, stayed patient, and hit a lot of greens. The course really suits his game. He’s a great ball striker and when he’s confident with the putter he’s capable of shooting low scores.”
The third and final round of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic will tee off tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. (CT).