DALLAS -- The University of Iowa men’s golf team placed seventh at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The Hawkeyes shot three-over-par in Tuesday’s third round to finish with a 54-hole score of 858 (+6; 292, 279, 287) at the par-71 Royal Oaks Country Club.
Iowa had three golfers -- Benton Weinberg, Matthew Walker, and Sam Meuret -- place inside the top 30.
Behind three under-par rounds, eighth-ranked and host Baylor carded a tournament-record 25-under-par (827) to win the event by 19 strokes. Arkansas finished in second place at six-under-par (846). Including Baylor, three of the six teams ahead of Iowa were ranked in the top-17. Baylor’s Cooper Dossey claimed medalist honors with an 11-under-par 202.
Sophomore Benton Weinberg led the Hawkeyes with a career-best 54-hole score of 212 (-1; 74, 67, 71). Weinberg used two rounds at or below par to tie for 17th place, his first top-20 finish of the season. Weinberg was two strokes from a top-10 finish.
Junior Matthew Walker tied for 26th after carding a one-over-par 72 in the third round that included four birdies. For the tournament, Walker recorded a 54-hole score of 215 (+2; 74, 69, 72).
Senior Sam Meuret eagled the par-five 18th hole in the third round to tie for 29th place. Meuret’s three-round 216 was one stroke off his season-best 54-hole score of 215.
Sophomore Alex Schaake battled throughout the tournament to finish in 38th place with a 54-hole score of 217 (+4; 72, 73, 72). Schaake led the Hawkeyes with 12 birdies on the tournament.
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Weinberg’s top-20 finish was Iowa’s sixth finish inside the top-20 this season. Iowa moved up three spots in the standings in the final round of the tournament and was two strokes away from tying for a top-five finish. Iowa’s par-four average was 4.10, which tied Michigan for third in the 13-team field.
Iowa returns to action this spring at the Big Ten Match Play Championships in Palm Coast, Florida on Feb. 9-10.
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