Iowa men’s golf goes back on the road

The Hawkeyes are returning to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic this weekend for the first time since 2010.


Ben Allan Smith

Iowa's Alex Schaake poses for a portrait at Hoak Family Golf Complex on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Jess Westendorf, Sports Reporter

It’s a new weekend and another road trip for the No. 19 Iowa men’s golf team.

The team will travel to South Bend, Indiana to compete in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Classic Oct. 7 and 8 at the Warren Golf Course.

Even though it was a short week for the Hawkeyes, the team is ready to bounce back into the line-up after a rough weekend at the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills.

The team was not allowed to post a score during the final round because it was disqualified for not being able to post four scores during the second round.

Even with the miscue, the team had three Hawkeyes place in the top-25: juniors Alex Moorman, Benton Weinberg, and Alex Schaake.

But this weekend, the Hawkeyes are ready to get back at it with its sights set on better results.

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“We are anxious to get back into the competitive mindset. We have a quick turnaround, which is good thing because we are playing well,” head coach Tyler Stith said in a release. “The guys want to make amends for what transpired last weekend and go back out and have a good result.”

14 teams will join Iowa in South Bend to compete: Georgia Southern, No. 29 Illinois, No. 37 Iowa State, Miami (OH), Michigan, No. 35 Michigan State, Nebraska, No. 48 North Carolina, Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Southern Alabama, Southern Illinois, Toledo, and Wisconsin.

This is a special tournament for the Hawkeyes as it’s their first return to the tournament since taking home the team title in 2010.

Overall, this will be the fourth time that Iowa will compete at the tournament. Historically, in all of the previous appearances, the Hawkeyes have earned and recorded top-10 finishes, something they hope to continue this weekend.

The lineup will consist of five golfers – senior Matthew Walker; juniors Alex Moorman, Alex Schaake, Benton Weinberg; and freshman Gonzalo Leal Montero – who have had made an impact this fall slate.

Walker, Schaake, and Montero are staying in the spotlight. All three golfers have shot five-under par in at least four different rounds this season.


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