Schaake Named Big Ten Men’s Golfer Of The Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa fifth-year senior Alex Schaake was named Big Ten Co-Men’s Golfer of the Week, the league office announced on Wednesday. Schaake was honored following his historic performance at last weekend’s Hawkeye Invitational.

The Omaha, Nebraska, native claimed the tournament title, topping a field of 66 competitors with a 54-hole score of 204 (-12) to help lead Iowa secure a team championship at the event. His first round 65 (-7) ties for the fourth-lowest 18-hole score in program history and matches a low for the Hawkeyes this season.

Schaake entered the weekend as the defending medalist at the Hawkeye Invitational, leading the event wire-to-wire. Schaake drained 20 birdies to lead the field and posted a tournament-best 3.8 stroke average on par fours.

The title marks Schaake’s first medalist honors of the season and his third consecutive top-five finish.

Iowa finished the Hawkeye Invitational with a 54-hole score of 840 (-24), which ties the sixth lowest team 54-hole score in program history and equals the second lowest score in tournament history (2012).

The title marks the first time since 2014, that the Hawkeyes have won multiple tournaments in the same season. The Hawkeyes previously placed first at the Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island last month.

Schaake shares the conference honors with Minnesota’s Angus Flanagan. Schaake has won Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors twice previously, most recently for his efforts at the 2019 Hawkeye Invitational.

Schaake and the Hawkeyes return to action this weekend at the Robert Keppler Intercollegiate beginning April 24, in Columbus, Ohio.