The Daily Iowan

John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson reflects on cancellation of 2020 event

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

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

July 8, 2020

Since 1971, the John Deere Classic has brought its magic to the Quad Cities and the surrounding communities. Now, for the first time in nearly five decades, the area faces a year without the golf tournament. On May 28, tournament officials announced the cancellation of the 2020 John Deere Class...

Televised golf events providing entertainment amid slow sports schedule

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

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

June 29, 2020

Before the PGA Tour returned June 14 from the forced break in the season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, live golf had already been played in front of a TV audience of millions a few weeks prior. First, on May 17, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson faced off against fellow PGA Tour pros Rickie Fowle...

New clubhouse creates opportunities for Finkbine Golf Course

This is them main entrance to Finkbine seen on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Jordan Winke, Sports Reporter

June 24, 2020

Since a new clubhouse was approved by the state Board of Regents in 2017, Finkbine Golf Course has undergone quite the transformation. The newly renovated and renamed Nagle Family Clubhouse opened to the public in April. The 19,000-square foot facility features new amenities such as a bar, resta...

Iowa golf program taking advantage of golf course availability

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

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

June 18, 2020

While many of the nation’s gyms, parks, and other athletic facilities were closed or may still be shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, a high percentage of golf courses in the U.S. either have remained open — or were some of the first businesses to reopen. The Iowa golf program has t...

Golf takes center stage as sports begin to emerge from COVID-19 pandemic

Iowa's Matthew Walker eyes the stormy skies rolling in during the Hawkeye Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Iowa currently sits in third after one and a half rounds in the tournament, play was delayed late Saturday afternoon due to inclement weather.

Chris Werner, Sports Reporter

June 16, 2020

Normally, the Charles Schwab Challenge is just another PGA Tour event. Usually contested near the end of May, the tournament’s field may include a few big names and even a couple of the world’s top players. Last year, the Charles Schwab Challenge was the tournament directly after the PGA C...

Three Iowa men’s golfers earn All-Big Ten honors

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

Robert Read, Sports Editor

May 18, 2020

Three members of the Iowa men's golf team — seniors Alex Schaake and Benton Weinberg, and sophomore Gonzalo Leal Montero — earned Big Ten recognition, the conference announced Monday. Schaake, last year's Big Ten Player of the Year, earned his second straight unanimous selection to the All-B...

NCAA postseason events, Big Ten events canceled

Fans leave the game after the men's basketball game against Western Carolina at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Catamounts 78-60.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 is a day sports fans will not soon forget. The sports world seemed to stop spinning Thursday afternoon as NCAA announced that it would not conduct any of its postseason championships, including the NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments. The Big Ten Conference then...

Big Ten to conduct winter and spring sporting events without fans

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta dresses Faculty Senate members during a Faculty Senate meeting on Oct. 29, 2019.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday evening that fans will not be granted entry to any of its remaining 2020 winter or spring events. Those granted access include student-athletes, coaches, credentialed media, and immediate family members of event participants. Sports affected inclu...

Lineup consistency key for Iowa men’s golf

Iowa's Benton Weinberg walks towards the clubhouse during a tournament at the Donald Ross Course at the Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 10, 2020

Finding an opportunity to play college golf is often not easy. Rosters are exclusive, typically made up of less than 10 golfers. Occasionally, even rostered golfers struggle to find opportunities to play. Collegiate golf lineups consist of six players. Athletes that don’t crack the top six f...

UI’s Finkbine golf course under new management

This is them main entrance to Finkbine seen on Monday, February 24, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Senior Reporter

February 24, 2020

Finkbine Golf Course, which is owned by the University of Iowa and services the women's and men's golf teams, is under new management. The move, announced Monday morning, transfers management to Troon, an Arizona-based company specializing in club management, development, and marketing. Altho...

Quality coaching key to Iowa golf’s success

Iowa head coach Tyler Stith walks on the green during the Hawkeye Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course on Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Hawkeyes finished second, behind Texas Tech, in the tournament after three rounds scoring 859 (-5; 289, 285, 285).

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 17, 2020

Golf is an individual game. Golfers create their own success, but others help them sustain it. Despite the isolation the game provides — both in practice and on the course — outside factors can determine golfers’ effectiveness. Coaching is one of the external factors that can help golfer...

Iowa surges late in Big Ten Match Play

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

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

February 10, 2020

Fresh off a five-year contract extension, Iowa head men’s golf coach Tyler Stith led his team to Palm Coast, Florida — the home of the 2020 Big Ten Match Play. The Big Ten’s Match Play event is held annually at Hammock Beach Golf Resort’s Ocean Course. The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach...