Iowa Wins Spartan Collegiate Championship

SEA ISLAND, Georgia — The University of Iowa men’s golf team won the 2021 Spartan Collegiate Championship on Tuesday at the Plantation Golf Course at Sea Island following a dominant final-round performance.

The Hawkeyes surged into first place with a third-round 11-under par 277 to rally and win 16-team event at 13-under par (851). Today’s 277 was the lowest 18-hole team score of the 54-hole tournament.

The victory marks Iowa’s first tournament win since the 2019 Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes beat 34th-ranked Indiana, No. 39 Notre Dame, No. 47 Georgia Southern, Iowa State, and five other Big Ten teams (Northwestern, Michigan State, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Minnesota).

Iowa finished 1-2 in the individual leaderboard. Sophomore Mac McClear secured his first individual championship as a Hawkeye, placing first out of 80 competitors with a 10-under par 206. McClear’s historic 7-under par performance in Tuesday’s final round marks the fourth lowest 18-hole score in program history (65). McClear carded four birdies on both the front and back nine on Tuesday. His total of 10-under par 206 is also good for the program’s fifth lowest 54-hole score (206).

Fifth-year senior Alex Schaake took home runner-up honors with a 7-under par 209 thanks to his third-lowest score of his career (6-under par 66) on Tuesday. Schaake birdied six holes on the back nine, including five consecutive birdies on holes 14 through 18.

Fifth-year senior Benton Weinberg also placed in the top 15, posting a 2-under par 214 to tie for 12th place.

“Today was an amazing performance all around. The guys showed so much resiliency today. I’ve never seen a finish like that to win a college tournament, to be honest. I’m so grateful to have been part of it. We talked this morning about the finishing stretch. We knew our last seven holes were getable. [Assistant Coach Charlie Hoyle] and I kept encouraging them to stay patient.  We made a couple of birdies on #14 then we just went off. I couldn’t be happier for Mac [McClear]. He turns up for practice and training every day ready to work. He’s improved so much over the last year. Today validated all of his hard work.”


1 Iowa 285 289 277 -13 851
1 Mac McClear 66 75 65 -10 206
2 Alex Schaake 74 69 66 -7 209
T-12 Benton Weinberg 70 70 74 -2 214
T-51 Gonzalo Leal Montero 75 75 72 +6 222
T-66 Jake Rowe 75 78 75 +12 228


  • The Hawkeyes drained 25 birdies in today’s final round. Iowa also carded an eagle; Weinberg eagled the par-5 eighth hole.

Iowa is set to face off the University of Florida on March 29 in Naples, Florida.