IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa fifth year senior Mac McClear was named the 2023 Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) co-player of the year. McClear becomes the first Hawkeye to win this award after he finished fourth in player of the year points in 2022 and second in 2021.
In order to qualify for the award individuals must be a resident of Illinois or be a member of the CDGA. Individuals must also compete in a CDGA championship. The award is then determined by an accumulation of points based on performances in various local national events.
McClear’s first place performance at the 92nd Illinois State Amateur Championship was key to winning the award. McClear won the Amateur Championship for the second consecutive year after carding a bogey-free 63 during the tournament’s final round. McClear won the event by five strokes.
During the fall season with the Hawkeyes McClear led the team in stroke average at 72.0 while participating in all 12 rounds. McClear was the individual medalist at the ANF Fall Classic in Riverside, Iowa.
McClear shares the honor with Illinois State’s TJ Barger.