WILMINGTON, N.C. – The University of Iowa men’s golf team is tied for seventh after the first round of the Williams Cup at Eagle Point Golf Club. Sophomore Ian Meyer leads the way, tied for seventh on the leaderboard after an even-par round of 72 on Friday.
Meyer drilled five bridies, matching a tournament-high in the first round to finish with one of ten 18-hole scores of par or better in the field. He is four strokes back from the lead, currently held by Kent State’s Jordan Gilikson.
Senior Garrett Tighe was next for Iowa, shooting 76 (+4) to tie for 24th through 18 holes. He is one of four Iowa golfers positioned inside the top 30 heading into Round Two.
The Hawkeyes battled through gusty conditions on Friday, combining for 302 (+14) as a team in the first round. No. 8 North Carolina leads the field at 287 (-1) after the first round. Iowa looks to gain ground on a compact leaderboard over the weekend; the Hawkeyes are nine strokes back from No. 37 Louisville in second place.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH TYLER STITH
“The course played as we expected, firm and fast. Today we had a little more wind, and you see that in the scores. Only one team is under par. I’m happy for Ian [Meyer]. He hit it great in the practice round and backed it up today with five birdies and an even-par round.”
- Iowa’s 4.14 stroke average on par fours ranks second in the field after the first round; The Hawkeyes combined for 13 birdies, tying for third on Friday.
The second round of the Williams Cup tees off tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. (CT). Play concludes with the third round on Sunday.