Iowa, Leal Montero Finish 11th at Big Tens

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FLOURTOWN, Pennsylvania — University of Iowa freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero earned his second best individual finish for the Iowa men’s golf team, leading the Hawkeyes at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday. The 38th-ranked Hawkeyes finished 11th with a three-round total of 899 (+59) at the par-70 Wissahickon Course.

No. 27 ranked Illinois claimed the team title with a 54-hole total of 868 (+28), while Purdue (873; +33) finished second and Michigan State (883; +43) placed third. 

Leal Montero finished even on the back nine to close the final round with an 18-hole score of 72 (+2). His 11th place finish is his fourth top-20 finish of the season. Junior Alex Schaake carded a final round score of 73 (+3) to finish tied for 24th with a 54-hole score of 223 (+13).

Schaake was the recipient of the Big Ten’s Les Bolstad Award, given to the conference player with the lowest stroke average during the 2018-19 season. Schaake, whose stroke average was 70.81, is the third Hawkeye to earn the award since it was introduced in 1974, joining Brad Klapprott (1992) and Vince India (2011).

Junior Benton Weinberg fired a three-round total of 225 (+15), tying for 31st. After finishing even on the front nine with three straight birdies on holes seven through nine, senior Matthew Walker posted a 74 (+4) in the final round. He finished tied for 52nd with a score of 231 (+21). 

Sophomore Joe Kim fired an eagle on the 424-yard, par-4 first hole, finishing the front nine with a score of 35 (E). Kim finished with a score of 233 (+23), tying for 56th after posting a 74 (+4) on Sunday.


11. Iowa 293 314 292 +59 899
T-11. Gonzalo Leal Montero 70 78 72 +10 220
T-24. Alex Schaake 75 75 73 +13 223
T-31 Benton Weinberg 72 80 73 +15 225
T-52. Matthew Walker 76 81 74 +21 231
T-56. Joe Kim 76 83 74 +23 233

It means a lot. It is such an honor to win the Les Bolstad award. It showed me that all my hard work this year has paid off and that I was consistent all year. It’s cool knowing you’re on top of the Big Ten and it makes me want to work harder.”

Teams selected for NCAA Regionals will be announced on Wednesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. (CT) on the Golf Channel.

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