BLUFFTON, South Carolina – University of Iowa men’s golf junior Alex Schaake finished runner-up in the 54-hole Colleton River Collegiate concluding Tuesday at the par-72 Colleton Pete Dye River Course.
Schaake tied a career-best finish and earned his third best individual finish for Iowa this season with a second-place finish after firing a 54-hole score of 209 (-7). It is his team leading fourth top-10 finish and fifth top-20 finish this season. The native of Omaha, Nebraska, posted three straight rounds at or below par with a third-round score of 71 (-1), giving him a team leading 14 rounds at or below par this season.
The University of Iowa men’s golf team earned its fifth top-10 team finish, finishing fourth with a 54-hole score of 869 (+5) after posting a third-round score of 292 (+4). Host school Michigan State claimed the team title with a three-round score of 852 (-12), while No. 45 Iowa State (858; -6) placed second and Kansas State (868; +4) finished third.
Joining Schaake in the top-20 was sophomore Benton Weinberg, and senior Matthew Walker. Weinberg earned his third top-20 finish of the season, tying 12th with a three-round score of 217 (+1). He fired a 75 (+3) in the final round of play. Walker moved up six spots in the final round with an 18-hole score of 73 (+1). He finished with a 54-hole total of 218 (+2), tying 15th for his third top-20 finish this season.
Freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero tied for 47th after moving up 11 spots in the third round, finishing with a score of 225 (+9). In his first tournament as a Hawkeye, sophomore Joe Kim posted a 54-hole score of 234 (+18), tying 72nd.
|T-47.||Gonzalo Leal Montero||75||77||73||+9||225|
COACH STITH’S COMMENTS
“Alex continues to show he’s one of best players in the country. I was impressed with his consistency throughout the event.”
“The course was a good test and conditions were not easy. Three players in the top-15 is a solid performance. We needed to putt better to be in contention.”
The Hawkeyes will take a break before closing the regular season, April 20-21, hosting the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, at Finkbine Golf Course. Admission is free.