CHICAGO – The University of Iowa men’s golf concluded play at the Highlands Invitational on Tuesday. Iowa placed 14th, finishing with an 877 (289-290-298) at Chicago Highlands Club.
Freshmen Noah Kent and Max Tjoa were Iowa’s low finishers. Kent and Tjoa tied for 30th place with 54-hole scores of 217 (+1). Kent had 12 birdies on the week and finished with the fourth-best par five average in the field at 4.25.
Fifth-year senior Mac McClear was the next lowest finisher at 220 (+4) for the tournament. Behind McClear in the standings was Callum Macfie, who closed out play strong with three birdies on the back nine to finish even in Round 3.
Iowa’s 4.67 stroke average on par fives was fourth in the tournament.
Virginia and Wake Forest tied for first place with a score of 833, while Michael Brennan of Wake Forest was the individual medalist at 204.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH TYLER STITH
“We didn’t compete at the level we expected to coming into the tournament. Noah and Max showed their potential with a few good rounds. As a team we need to find more consistency day in and day out. We made plenty of birdies this week, but we were at the bottom of the field in pars. It boils down to doing the simple things much better.”
• Kent’s 4.25 stroke average on par fives was fourth overall in the tournament. Kent shot nine-under on par fives this week.
The Hawkeyes will travel to South Bend, Indiana, on Oct. 1-2 to compete in the Fighting Irish Classic at Warren Golf Course.