Hawkeyes Finish 10th at Puerto Rico Classic

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RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — The University of Iowa men’s golf team finished Tuesday’s final round of the Puerto Rico Classic with the fourth lowest team score of the day at the par-72 Rio Mar Country Club River Course. Iowa posted a four-under-par (284) in today’s third round and finished the tournament in 10th place with a 54-hole total of two-over-par (866).  
The Hawkeyes finished 16 strokes better than No. 27 Tennessee and Ohio State, and nine strokes ahead of Big Ten foe Maryland.
Sophomore Gonzalo Leal Montero posted Iowa’s low score of the day, carding a four-under-par 68. Leal Montero’s 68 ties for the seventh lowest 18-hole score in Iowa history and tied for the third best score in Tuesday’s final round. His 54-hole total (212) was a team best, finishing in 13th place.
Senior Alex Schaake recorded his second consecutive two-under-par 70 and finished the three-day tournament in 24th place. Senior Benton Weinberg‘s final round (70) and 54-hole score (219) were both one stroke off his season best, which were both set at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
The top six performing teams are all nationally ranked, with No. 3 Georgia Tech winning the 15-team tournament.

T-10 Iowa 295 287 284 +2 866
T-13 Gonzalo Leal Montero 72 72 68 -4 212
T-24 Alex Schaake 74 70 70 -2 214
T-43 Benton Weinberg 74 75 70 +3 219
T-54 Jake Rowe 77 70 76 +7 223
T-71 Mac McClear 75 76 83 +18 234

“I am proud of the fact that we fought back each day. We need to learn to start better if we want to be in contention. We just stayed committed to our process and tried to get better each day. We had good practice sessions after each round that helped us for the next day. Gonzalo had a solid tournament. His ball striking was good all week and today a few putts finally dropped.”

  • Iowa fired in 52 birdies throughout the tournament, ranking fourth in the field.
  • The Hawkeyes ranked second in par 5 scoring (4.73), only .01 behind No. 18 Georgia, No. 3 Georgia Tech, and No. 2 Oklahoma (4.72).
  • Leal Montero and junior Jake Rowe both recorded 12 birdies, which tied for 15th most in the field. Schaake finished with 11 birdies.

Iowa will travel to Bluffton, South Carolina, to compete in the Colleton River Collegiate on March 2-3.

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