AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 42 ranked University of Iowa men’s golf team posted a final round score of 290 (+6) at the NCAA Austin Regional on Wednesday at the par-71 Texas Golf Club. Iowa, who made its 10th NCAA Regional appearance in 11 years, finished in seventh place with a three-round total of 870 (+18).
The Hawkeyes, who tied No. 18 Pepperdine and Sam Houston State for the fifth best round of the day, finished 10 strokes ahead of No. 43 Marquette (880; +28).
No. 6 Texas, who was playing on its home course, claimed the team title with a 54-hole score of 827 (-25). No. 30 TCU (848; -4) finished in second and No. 19 Clemson (851; -1) finished third. No. 18 Pepperdine (858; +6) and No. 7 USC (860; +8) round out the top five, all advance to the NCAA Championships.
Junior Benton Weinberg earned the best individual finish for the Hawkeyes, his first of the season, finishing 16th with a three-round total of 214 (+1). Weinberg fired a birdie on the par-four 17th hole to finish even on the back nine. He posted a final round score of 73 (+2).
After finishing even on the front nine that included a birdie on the par-four seventh hole, freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero finished the day with an 18-hole score of 73 (+2). Leal Montero finished the 54-hole event with a score of 216 (+3), tying for 18th.
Junior Alex Schaake began the day with a birdie on the first hole, finishing one-under par on the front nine. The Omaha, Nebraska, native carded a one-over par 72 in the final round. He finished with a three-round score of 218 (+25). The junior moved up two spots on the individual leaderboard to earn his eighth top-25 finish this season, tying for 25th.
Senior Matthew Walker fired a 72 (+1) on Wednesday to finish the tournament with a score of 225 (+12). He moved up eight spots on the individual leaderboard to tie for 47th. After coming in as a substitute in the final round, senior Aaron DeNucci posted an 18-hole score of 85 (+14) to finish 73rd.
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COACH TYLER STITH’S COMMENTS
“We started pretty well. The front side has been the tougher side all week. We turned at pretty close to even par today with a lot of birdie holes coming in, so I thought through nine holeswe did our job. Unfortunately, we went the wrong direction on the back nine and bogeyed some easy holes and did not take advantage of some birdies. We are disappointed right now because we felt like we had a team that could compete here, and we certainly did.
“It was a great season and I want to make sure we keep that in context. We won a tournament and had co-medalists, had a lot of top finishes, the individual Big Ten Player of the Year… a lot of accolades this team can be proud of.
“We have three of our top players back next season. Certainly, Matthew (Walker) and Aaron (DeNucci) are going to be missed, but they both left a mark on this program. I am appreciative of all the work they put in this year.”