Schaake Paces Iowa in Round 2 of Big Tens

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FLOURTOWN, Pennsylvania — University of Iowa junior Alex Schaake moved up 16 spots on the individual leaderboard to pace Iowa in round two Saturday at the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. No. 38 Iowa is tied with Rutgers for ninth place (607, +47) after 36 holes at the par-70 Wissahickon Course. 

The 7,119-yard course proved to be more of a challenge in round two as the student-athletes had to manage 30 mph winds. Michigan State’s Donnie Trosper is the only individual out of 70 competitors to be at even par through 36 holes. Minnesota and 27th-ranked Illinois are tied for first place with a two-round score of 590 (+30), while Purdue (591; +31) is in third place. 

Schaake fired two birdies to finish even (35) on the back nine. He finished the second round with an 18-hole score of 75 (+5). He is tied for 19th with a score of 150 (+10). 
Freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero is tied for 11th with a 36-hole score of 148 (+8) after posting a 78 (+8) in Saturday’s second round. Junior Benton Weinberg carded an 80 (+10) in the second round, which ties him for 29th after a 36-hole score of 152 (+12). Senior Matthew Walker is tied 54th with a score of 157 (+17), while sophomore Joe Kim is 62nd with a 159 (+19).

T-9 Iowa 293 314 +47 607
T-11 Gonzalo Leal Montero 70 78 +8 148
T-19 Alex Schaake 75 75 +10 150
T-29 Benton Weinberg 72 80 +12 152
T-54 Matthew Walker 76 81 +17 157
62 Joe Kim 76 83 +19 159

“The course was very challenging today, but everyone played in the same conditions. These conditions magnify your mistakes and to be successful you must do the simple things well.  Tomorrow we need to be better prepared for the challenge. Alex was +5 early, but he’s a fighter and played the back nine even par.”
The third and final round of the Big Ten Championships tees off at 7 a.m. (CT) tomorrow with a shotgun start.

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