CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s golf team tied for fourth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a 54-hole total of 871 (+7) after firing a third-round 293 (+5) on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,086-yard Cedar Rapids Country Club.
The Hawkeyes tied with Illinois State and Arkansas State. Iowa finished only three strokes behind second-place Campbell and just two strokes behind third-place San Jose State. Ball State, who won the tournament wire-to-wire, was the only team under-par at 11-under (853).
Four Hawkeyes — seniors Alex Schaake and Benton Weinberg, junior Joe Kim, and sophomore Gonzalo Leal Montero — recorded top-21 or better finishes.
Weinberg moved up the leaderboard 14 spots to tie for a season-best 19th after firing a one-under-par 71 with five birdies in the final round to finish the tournament two-over-par (218). He registered Iowa’s best round of the day and recorded two below-par rounds for the tournament.
Schaake labored through his third round to card a five-over-par 77 in his final round. The Omaha, Nebraska, native tied for 19th with a three-round total of 218 (+2). Dating back to last season, it’s the sixth straight tournament that Schaake has finished in the top-25 or better.
Leal Montero was two-under-par with no bogeys through the first 10 holes, before carding a final round 73 (+1) to tie for a season-best 21st with a three-round total of 219 (+3).
Kim also tied for a season-best 21st at three-over-par (219) after recording a two-over-par 74 in his final round. He led the Hawkeyes with 11 birdies after adding three more today.
In his Hawkeye debut, freshman Matthew Garside tied for 50th with a three-round total of 225 (+9). His personal-best round came in the first round with an even-par 72.
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Two Hawkeyes — junior Jake Rowe and freshman Garrett Tighe — competed as individuals for Iowa. Tighe, a freshman from Algonquin, Illinois, recorded his best round of the tournament today with a five-over-par 77. He registered four birdies and one eagle in his third round.
HEAR FROM COACH STITH
“We started the tournament well, which was good. I was hoping for another bounce back today. We started the round really well. At one point, we were six-under-par, but again, we didn’t finish. We have to figure out how to close rounds better than we did today.”
“We’ve have a lot of work to do. There’s no doubt about it. We put in a lot of good work this week and felt like we were ready to go. The good news is that it’s still only our second tournament and we have a lot of golf in front of us.”
On playing at The Cedar Rapids Country Club in front of Hawkeye fans:
“The week was awesome from that standpoint. The Cedar Rapids Country Club did an amazing job. They’re great hosts and we had a lot of Hawkeye fans up here, so we’re extremely grateful to have this opportunity to host and showcase one of the great, classic golf courses across the country.”
- The Hawkeyes led the tournament in par-four scoring (4.11; +20), recording the fourth-most pars (172), and tied for the fourth-most birdies (43).
Iowa has two weekends off before returning to action at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic, Oct. 7-8, in South Bend, Indiana.