RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – The University of Iowa men’s golf team finished ninth at the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday. Iowa placed ahead of No. 28 Purdue and No. 45 Marquette competing in 13-team field that featured eight ranked squads at Grand Reserve Golf Club.
The Hawkeyes shot 282 (-6) on Tuesday, matching their second round score to finish nine-under par (855) for the tournament.
Senior Ronan Kleu and junior Callum Macfie were Iowa’s low finishers, tying for 28th on the leaderboard shooting -3 (213) through 54 holes.
Macfie’s scores improved by one stroke each round, culminating in a third round 70 (-2) featuring a pair of birdies and just one bogey on each nine. Kleu finished with an Iowa-best 12 birdies at the Puerto Rico Classic, followed by Macfie with 10 birdies.
Sophomore Ian Meyer posted Iowa’s top third round score, shooting 69 (-3) with five birdies on the day. After starting on No. 10, Meyer closed out the event with a 33 (-3) on the course’s front nine.
No. 16 Oklahoma won the team championship at 30-under par (834) for the week. Algot Kleen of No. 42 East Tennessee State was the individual medalist at 203 (-13) through 54 holes, earning a bid to play in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open at Grand Reserve Golf Course in March.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH TYLER STITH
“The attitude and mindset of the team this week was great. Everyone contributed and competed until the last hole. We gave away too many strokes on the back nine each of the last two days which cost us a few places. We will learn from it and gain confidence knowing we can compete in any field.”
- Macfie’s 3.80 (-6) par four stroke average tied for the best in the field at the Puerto Rico Classic; the Hawkeyes finished third in par four stroke average as a team at 4.03 (+5).
Iowa tees off the Wake Forest Invitational at Pinehurst No. 2 from March 6-7 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.