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Iowa men’s golf struggles in Fighting Irish Classic, women rained out at Yale Invitational

The Hawkeye men tied Georgia Southern for 11th place.
Matt Sindt
Photo Illustration by Matt Sindt

The Iowa men’s golf team suffered a disappointing outing at the Fighting Irish Classic in South Bend, Indiana, from Oct. 1-2.

Notre Dame hosted the meet at Warren Golf Course, and the Hawkeyes are no strangers. They finished 12th out of 15 teams in last season’s classic, hoping for a better outcome this season — to no avail.

Iowa finished tied with Georgia Southern for 11th place out of 14 teams this year.

Iowa fifth-year Mac McClear and first-year Max Tjoa led the Hawkeyes, shot 216 in the event — good for six strokes over par. McClear and Tjoa finished in a tie for 36th place.

Tennessee won the tournament with a team score of 830 — good for 10 strokes under par. The Volunteers have two wins in the early season, their first win coming in their season opener in the Visit Knoxville Collegiate in Loudon, Tennessee, from Sept. 8-10.

Right behind Tennessee were Indiana and Northwestern, who finished in a tie for second place at seven strokes behind the Volunteers.

Northwestern’s Ethan Tseng captured the event’s individual title with a score of 202 — eight strokes under par, beating out Tennessee’s Caleb Surratt by one stroke.

Host Notre Dame finished in fourth place in its home tournament for the second straight season. The Fighting Irish opened their season with a win in the Folds of Honor Collegiate in Grand Haven, Michigan, from Sept. 4-6.

In-state rival Iowa State gave a solid showing, coming in fifth place with a team score of 843 for three strokes over par. The Cyclones competed in Iowa’s ANF Fall Classic earlier this fall, winning the tournament by two strokes over the Hawkeyes.

Three other Big Ten teams competed in this year’s event Rutgers, Purdue, and Michigan State. Of the three, Rutgers finished the highest, coming in sixth place.

Women’s team washed away

Following a successful outing at the Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock, Texas, the Iowa women’s golf team hoped to keep the momentum going at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Connecticut.

But Mother Nature had other ideas.

A driving rainstorm hit southwestern Connecticut throughout the weekend, soaking the terrain of Yale Golf Course and shortening the event to only 18 holes.

As the western-most team in the field, the Hawkeyes opted not to participate in the event after their inability to get a practice round in before the event.

Thus, Iowa will get a long stretch of practice before it concludes its season at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, from Oct. 23-25, hosted by Hawaii.

Up next

The Iowa men’s team returns to action from Oct. 15-17 when it travels to Biloxi, Mississippi, to compete in the Fallen Oak Collegiate Invitational held at Fallen Oak Golf Course located outside of the town.

Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Southern Mississippi will co-host the three-round event.

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Brad Schultz
Brad Schultz, Sports Reporter
Brad Schultz is a sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Sports Studies. This is first year working as a sports reporter and he has a deep passion and love for sports. Outside of the Daily Iowan, Brad is a contributor for Saturday Blitz, a college football site, with his content primarily covering Iowa and the Big Ten.