University of Iowa Athletics

Matthew Walker

Class Freshman
Hometown Ottumwa, Iowa
High School Ottumwa

Spring 2019 – Competed in every tournament… tied a career-best 18-hole score of 66 (-5) at the Hawkeye Invitational… set a personal and school-best 54-hole score of 199 (-14) and a career best finish of co-medalist honors at the Hawkeye Invitational to tie for the best individual finish on the team… earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week for his performance at the Hawkeye Invitational… finished with a score of 218 (+2) to tie 15th at the Colleton River Collegiate… tied for 52nd at the Big Ten Championships with a three-round total of 231 (+21)… posted a 225 (+12) at NCAA Regionals to tie for 47th… recorded six rounds at or below par…letterwinner.

Fall 2018 — Competed in all five Hawkeye events… recorded five rounds at or below par… carded a team-low 18-hole score of 66 (-5) in the final round of the Gopher Invitational… registered a career-best finish of fifth at the Gopher Invitational with a 54-hole score of 210 (-3)… had one top-10 and two top-20 finishes… tied for 13th at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a two-round score of 142 (-2).

Spring 2018 — Competed in all seven events… tied for sixth at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at one-over-par… posted a 3-1 record at the Big Ten Match play event… carded four rounds at or below par with an 18-hole scoring average of 73.69, best for third on the team… tied for 31st at the Big Ten Championships… recipient of Iowa Men’s Golf Big Ten Sportsmanship Award… Academic All-Big Ten… letterwinner.

Fall 2017 — Competed in every tournament… averaged 72.13 strokes per round… carded six rounds at or below par… registered four top-25 finishes… tied for 20th at Windon Memorial Classic with a season-best 54-hole score of 213 (+3) and season-best 18-hole score of 68… recorded four 54-hole scores under 216.

Spring 2017 — Named to Division I PING All-Midwest Regional Team… competed in every tournament for Iowa… averaged 72.73 strokes-per-round… four top 20 finishes with seven rounds at or below par… top finisher for Iowa at the Mason Rudolph Championship firing all three rounds at or below par, carded 210 (-3; 70, 69, 71) finishing tied for 15th… registered a 3-1-0 record at the Big Ten Match Play Championships… finished tied for 15th at the Hawkeye Invitational posting 217 (+1; 71, 73, 73)… finished tied for 19th at the Big Ten Championships firing 215 (+5; 73, 73, 69)… carded 229 (+12; 77, 80, 72) at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional finishing tied for 46th… letterwinner.

Fall 2016 —  Competed in every tournament for the Hawkeyes for the second straight season… averaging 72.26 strokes per round, posting a career best of nine rounds at or below par… locking up four top 10 finishes and three top 20 finishes, which included a career best round of 66 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge… was the top finisher for the Hawkeyes in two tournaments — the Windon Memorial Classic and the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate… posting a season best 54-hole score of 210 (-3) at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

Spring 2016 — Competed in every single event for the Hawkeyes as a freshman… averaged 73.33 strokes per round in the spring and shot at or below par in eight rounds… notched two top 10 finishes, including a career-best sixth place finish at the Big Ten Championships, where he fired a 71 in three consecutive rounds to finish three strokes under par at 213… one of six golfers and the only Hawkeye to go unbeaten (4-0) at the Big Ten Match Play Championships… tied for 53rd at the Southwestern Jones Invitational, shooting a 229 (+13)… carded a three-over-par 219 at the Schenkel Invitational to tie for 57th… Iowa’s top finisher at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, taking seventh place with a career-best 54-hole total of 206 (-7; 69, 67, 70) — his 67 in the second round is the best 18-hole score of his career… tied for 24th at the Hawkeye-GRE Invitational at 219 (+3)… posted a 234 (+18) at NCAA Regionals to finish 48th… letterwinner.

Fall 2015 — Competed in all four fall tournaments, compiling an average of 75.67 strokes per round… made collegiate debut at the Gopher Invitational, finishing tied for 55th place after carding a 227 (+14)… helped the Hawkeyes to a team title at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge, carding his lowest 54-hole total of the fall, a six-over-par 222, while finishing tied for 44th… his even-par 72 in the final round was his lowest 18-hole score of the fall… recorded his best finish of the fall at the David Toms Intercollegiate, finishing tied for 28th after firing a 2228 (+12)… recorded a 15-over-par 231 at the U.S. Collegiate Championship to finish tied for 82nd.

High School — Four-time first-team All-State and All-Conference honoree while at Ottumwa High School… named to class 3A All-State Tournament team as a sophomore, junior, and senior… earned medalist honors at the 2012, 2013, and 2014 state tournaments… three-time medalist at CIML-METRO Conference Tournament… two-time Iowa Golf Association Junior Player of the Year (2012 and 2013)… 2014 AJGA Midwest Junior Players Champion.

More About Walker
Best Career Round: 63
Favorite Club: 7 iron
Favorite Course: TPC Sawgrass
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Movie: Grown Ups
Favorite Professional Golfer: Tiger Woods
Most Influential Person: My Parents

Year Rds. Strokes Avg. Low
2018-19 27 1,963 72.70 66
2017-18 31 2,259 72.87 68
2016-17 34 2,466 72.52 66
2015-16 30 2,228 74.27 67
Career 122 8,916 73.08 66