The University of Iowa men’s golf team is set to tee off at the Purdue Fall Invitational on Monday at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The 54-hole tournament opens with two rounds on Monday with the final 18 holes to be played on Tuesday. Tee times will be announced on Sunday.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
You can follow this week’s action by visiting golfstat.com for live scoring. Links can be found on the men’s golf schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
The Hawkeyes will be led by seniors Mac McClear and Garrett Tighe, followed by sophomore Ian Meyer. Seniors Ronan Kleu and Gonzalo Leal Montero round out the Iowa lineup.
No. 45 Purdue will host 15 teams at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, including three other Golfstat top-50 ranked teams in No. 7 Tennessee, No. 33 LSU, and No. 44 Little Rock. The Hawkeyes will also compete against the likes of Ball State, Central Arkansas, Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Memphis, Nebraska and VCU at the Kampen Course.
The five Big Ten teams competing at the Purdue Fall Invitational mark the most conference opponents Iowa will have faced through the first three contests of the season.
Spanning an impressive 7,645 yards, the Kampen Course at Purdue University is a par 72, links-style course designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye. Kampen hosted a FORME Tour professional event last summer and has played home to the 2008 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships, several NCAA Regionals, the 2005 Women’s Western Amateur and numerous other elite competitions.
NCAA Regionals will return to the Kampen course in 2024.
HAWKEYES AT KAMPEN
Iowa has competed at the Kampen Course on numerous occasions at the Boilermaker Invitational. The Hawkeyes won back-to-back team championships at that event in the springs of 2013 and 2014; current Iowa volunteer assistant coach Steven Ihm was the individual medalist at the 2014 edition of the event, shooting 209 (-7) through 54 holes, including a third round 64 (-8) to clinch the championship by one stroke for himself and the team.
ON THE LINKS
Iowa placed 12th last time out at the Inverness Intercollegiate.
- McClear posted Iowa’s top finish, tying for 20th place at 209 (+6) through 54 holes; his third round 69 (-2) was the low Hawkeye 18-hole score at the event.
- Tighe finished two strokes back of McClear at 221 (+8) for the tournament, which tied for 33rd on the leaderboard.
- McClear has two top-25 finishes in as many events this fall after tying for 21st at the Fighting Irish Classic on Sept. 5.
Four seniors provide leadership to the Hawkeye lineup this season. Leal Montero returns for a fifth-year after competing as Iowa’s lone senior last season. He is joined by a former Big Ten Champion in McClear, as well as Iowa’s second-low scorer last season in Kleu. Tighe was also a frequent starter for Iowa.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH TYLER STITH
“We had a good couple days of competition this week and the team is ready to go. The Kampen Course at Purdue is a really good Pete Dye design and will be set up to test the players. It’s a ball strikers golf course. We have three tournaments remaining this fall, but we need to take them one at a time.”
The Hawkeyes will host the Iowa Fall Classic on Oct. 16-17 at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside, Iowa.