McClear, Kleu, and Macfie Earn Big Ten Honors

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Three University of Iowa men’s golfers earned Big Ten postseason accolades, the conference announced Wednesday. Juniors Mac McClear and Ronan Kleu earned second team All-Big Ten recognition, while sophomore Callum Macfie was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Conference honors are nothing new for McClear, who was the only unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection last season. McClear was medalist at the Big Ten Championships in 2021 and was named to the All-Big Ten Championships team at that time; he also previously earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors in 2021 after winning the individual crown at the Spartan Collegiate.

This season, McClear led the Hawkeyes with a 72.3 stroke average through 30 rounds of golf. The Hinsdale, Illinois, native posted seven top 25 finishes in Iowa’s 10 outings, including four top 10 finishes and a fifth-place effort at the Hawkeye Invitational.

McClear posted a career low round of 64 on Feb. 15 at the Puerto Rico Classic, matching the third-lowest 18-hole round in program history. He finished at 203 (-13) at that event to secure the low Hawkeye 54-hole score of the season.

Kleu’s recognition comes in his first season at Iowa. The Swiss native was previously Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2021 at Columbus State, where he also earned first team All-PBC honors in 2020. This season, Kleu was second on the team with a 72.9 stroke average and posted two top 10 finishes at the Marquette Invitational (tied for sixth) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic (tied for eighth).

Competing for the first time in his collegiate career this season, Macfie played 21 of 30 Iowa rounds, establishing himself as a key contributor. Macfie’s sportsmanship recognition marks his first Big Ten honors as a Hawkeye.