May 2014

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33 good Illinois team. Minnesota had a good week that week. We were not far off. "Hopefully, one more year of experience for Steven (Ihm), Brian (Bullington), and Ian (Vandersee) will help. We have two new guys going with Carson (Schaake) and Raymond (Knoll). ey're going to have to adapt quickly and post the best numbers that they can." Impressive individual finishes have guided Iowa to team success. Ihm, a senior, was named Co-Big Ten Golfer of the Week for the second-consecutive week and fih time of his career April 23 aer he defended his individual title at the Boilermaker Invitational and won medalist honors for the second-straight week. Ihm carded a seven-under-par 54-hole score of 209 at the Kampen Golf Course, highlighted by a career-best final round eight-under-par 64 in which he birdied seven of his first eight holes. e 18-hole score is the second-best in program history. Ihm was also named the Golfweek Player of the Week and Iowa was named the Golfweek Team of the Week following the Hawkeyes' victory in the 15-team Boilermaker Invitational. "With this field, a top-three finish is solid," said Hankins. "We would take that every year in the Big Ten. e Big Ten is strong in every sport. If we can challenge for a title, then that's what our goal is for this week, but at the same time, it's an individual sport played as a team. "e question is can Steven play well enough to win the Big Ten title or become player of the year? Can Steven or Brian go out and play well enough to get a top-10 finish in a good field? Can Ray and Carson play well enough to get a top-20? If you can take care of those, usually the team goals come right along with it." Streaking to the Finish Line By PATRICK SOJKA T he University of Iowa men's golf team is firing on all cylinders heading into the Big Ten Golf Championships, set for May 2-4 in French Lick, Ind. Iowa has recorded strong finishes in all five of its events this spring, winning its last two tournaments. e Hawkeyes ran away with the team title at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational on April 12-13 in Iowa City, shooting team scores of 286 (-2), 282 (-6), 285 (-3) for an 853 (-11) total, topping second-place finisher Iowa State (+4) by 15 strokes. Iowa led the entire tournament and tied the seventh-best 54-hole score (853) in program history. e Hawkeyes followed that by defending their title at the Boilermaker Invitational, April 19-20. Iowa carded a one-over-par 54-hole score of 865, with a 14-under-par final round score of 274. Iowa entered the final round in fourth place and trailed Big Ten opponent Illinois by 10 strokes. e Hawkeyes used the second-best round in school history (-14) to surge into first place, jumping nationally ranked UCLA and Louisville. e two titles came on the heels of strong finishes in Iowa's first three spring events. e Hawkeyes placed fourth at the Big Ten Match Play Championships (Feb. 14-15), won the Big Four Championship (March 1), and finished runner-up at the ASU underbird Invitational (March 21- 23). Iowa finished third at last year's Big Ten Championships, trailing only eventual NCAA runner-up Illinois and Minnesota. "We won at Purdue last year and carried some of that momentum into the Big Ten Championships," said UI head coach Mark Hankins. "We played pretty well last year. We finished third and lost to a

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