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Iowa men’s golf takes seventh place at All-American Intercollegiate

Third-year Ian Meyer posted a season-low in the third round and finished in a tie for 14th place.
Emily Nyberg
Iowa’s Ian Meyer makes a shot during the Hawkeye invitational at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City on Friday, April 14, 2023. The Hawkeyes are leading after round one of three at the two-day tournament with Iowa’s Mac McClear leading the team in fifth place.

After nearly two weeks off, the Iowa men’s golf team traveled to the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston. The two-day event was hosted by the University of Houston and featured 19 schools vying for the title. 

Following a dreadful last-place finish at the Wake Forest Invitational, the Hawkeyes responded in the Lone Star State, finishing in seventh place at 19 strokes over par.  

Fifth-year Mac McClear and third-year Ian Meyer led Iowa with a 218 — earning a tie for 14th place alongside Jacob Borow of Houston and Esteban Gonzalez of UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

Texas Tech captured the team title by two strokes over Sam Houston State, while UNLV’s Yuki Moriyama took home the individual championship by a single stroke. 

Day one 

After some early momentum in the first round, the Hawkeyes floundered in the second, dropping 11 spots and finishing the day in 14th place. Iowa shot an overall team score of 599 — a disappointing 23 strokes over par. 

“We started the day well, struggled through some of the holes into wind but then closed out the round strong,” Iowa head coach Tyler Stith said. “We compounded errors and made far too many big numbers.”

On a positive note, McClear posted a strong outing and concluded the day in a tie for 11th place with a 145 — good for only one stroke over par, including a two-under first round. 

Along with McClear, first-year Noah Kent continues to show improvement. Though Kent ended the second round in a tie for 74th place, he was one of only six golfers in the field to score an eagle during the first two rounds. 

Sam Houston State led the pack after the first day by four strokes over second-place UNLV. Moriyama of UNLV led the individual field after firing a four-under par on the day. 

Day two 

Following a shaky outing in the second round, Iowa entered the third round looking to rebound and finish the event on a high note. 

Needless to say, it did just that. 

The Hawkeyes posted a 284 — four strokes under par and the lowest team score of the round. The strong outing skyrocketed Iowa seven spots up the leaderboard to seventh place. 

Meyer stole the show for the Hawkeyes with a 67 — five strokes under par and a new season-low for the Minnesota native. Meyer ended the tournament in a tie for 14th place with three other golfers, including fellow teammate McClear. It marked the second top-25 finish of the season for McClear, following a first place showing at the ANF Classic on Sept. 6. 

Additionally, Kent shot three under par in the third round, vaulting him up 40 spots to a tie for 34th. 

Up next 

Iowa has two weeks off before returning to action from April 7-9 at the Calusa Cup in Naples, Florida. The Hawkeyes will serve as the host team for the 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.
Emily Nyberg
Emily Nyberg, Visual Editor
Emily Nyberg is a second-year student at the University of Iowa double majoring in Journalism and Cinematic arts. Prior to her role as a Visual Editor, Emily was a Photojournalist, and a News Reporter covering higher education.