Leal Montero Ties for 8th, Iowa Finishes 10th at Royal Oaks

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DALLAS — The University of Iowa men’s golf team fired a final round 282 (-2) — its best of the tournament — to finish 10th at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes fired a 54-total of 868 (+16) at the par-71, 7,068-yard Royal Oaks Country to conclude their fall season.
No. 6 SMU (-27) and No. 11 Baylor (-16) finished top-two in the tournament. Iowa finished ahead of Nebraska by 35 strokes.
Sophomore Gonzalo Leal Montero fired his second straight 69 (-2) and third straight below-par round in the third round to tie for eighth, which marks his first top-10 finish of the season. The Seville, Spain, native carded a career-best 54-hole score of 208 (-5), which is the low-Hawkeye score of the season and ties for the seventh-lowest 54-hole total in school history. He had at least four birdies in each round and finished three strokes behind the tournament co-medalists.

“I’m very proud of Gonzalo,” head coach Tyler Stith said. “He’s working hard on and off the golf course. He has a lot of game and continues to learn and improve.”
Three Hawkeyes — seniors Alex Schaake and Benton Weinberg, and freshman Mac McClear — registered even-par 71s in Tuesday’s third round. Schaake had a five-birdie stretch over eight holes to tie for 37th with a three round total of 218 (+5).

10 Iowa 295 291 282 +16 868
T-8 Gonzalo Leal Montero 70 69 69 -5 208
T-37 Alex Schaake 74 73 71 +5 218
T-49 Joe Kim 74 74 73 +8 221
T-55 Benton Weinberg 77 75 71 +10 223
61 Mac McClear 81 76 71 +15 228

“Yesterday was our most inconsistent performance of the season. We drove the ball poorly and that led to missed greens and not enough birdie chances. It’s nearly impossible to be successful when you’re out of position.”

“It’s fair to say we are not where we expected be after four tournaments. However, we can still attain all of our season goals. We need to perform better here on out.”


  • All four of Iowa’s counted scores were at or below par in the final round. Iowa’s third round 282 (-2) tied for the fifth lowest round of the day.
  • Leal Montero became the first Hawkeye this season to record three straight below-par rounds to increase his season total to six rounds at or below par, which is tied for the team lead with Schaake.

With Iowa’s fall season ending, the spring slate begins Feb. 7-8 in Palm Coast, Florida, at Big Ten Match Play.

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