RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — The University of Iowa men’s golf team was one of eight teams to shoot under par in Monday’s second round of the Puerto Rico Classic held at the par-72 Rio Mar Country Club River Course. After 36 holes, the Hawkeyes are in 12th place at six-over-par (582). Iowa is one shot ahead of No. 27 Tennessee and just one stroke behind Big Ten opponents Purdue and Maryland.
Senior Alex Schaake and junior Jake Rowe posted the team’s low score of the day, each carding a two-under-par 70. Rowe’s two-under 70 set a new career low for the Hawkeye junior. Schaake’s 36-hole total (144) is tied for the team lead with sophomore Gonzalo Leal Montero. Leal Montero fired his second consecutive even-par 72.
The top six spots are all occupied by nationally ranked teams with No. 3 Georgia Tech (-26) and No. 2 Oklahoma (-25) in first and second place, respectively, after two rounds.
|T-35||Gonzalo Leal Montero||72||72||E||144|
HEAR FROM COACH STITH
“We hit much better tee shots and were nine shots better on the front nine. I saw much more confidence out there today. We were assertive and committed to our process. I am very proud of Jake. Today was a career best from him. He made a triple on hole 10 and bounced back by making three birdies to finish at -2.”
- Iowa has recorded 34 birdies through the first two rounds, which ranks sixth in the field.
- The Hawkeyes are tied with Alabama for fifth in par 5 scoring (4.75).
- Schaake and Leal Montero both recorded their team-leading eighth round under or at par.
- Rowe has recorded 10 birdies after 36 holes, which ties for sixth most in the field. Schaake and freshman Mac McClear have each scored seven birdies
- Leal Montero has recorded 26 pars through two rounds, which ties for sixth best.
Iowa will be paired with Purdue and Maryland for Tuesday’s third and final round starting at 7 a.m. (CT).