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University of Iowa Men’s Golf Team 2nd at Big Ten Championship

May 10, 2010
The University of Iowa Men’s Golf team has had an on and off season but managed to somehow pull it all together when it really mattered. The Hawkeyes place second out of eleven teams at the Big Ten Championships which is the program’s best finish since 1992 when they won the championship. The team scored a final round of 282 (-2) and lost to the University of Illinois with a score of 1157 (+21). Illinois was 16 strokes ahead of Iowa before the final round began and Iowa fought back finishing just three strokes behind.
Sophomore Barrett Kelpin was a huge asset to the success of the Hawkeyes as he posted a final round of one-over par 72. Kelpin placed third in the tournament with a total score of even par 284. His finish is the best finish for the Hawkeyes since 2001 and he was presented with the honor to represent the all-tournament team. Only five student-athletes were selected with this honor.
Other Iowa Hawkeyes to mention are Brad George, Chris Brant, and Vance India. George finished 13th in the competition, Brant tied for 16th, and India tied for 24th. George had a total of 293 (+9), Brant had an ending score of 294 (+10), and India 296 (+12).
The Hawkeyes did such an outstanding job that they made it to the NCAA Regional competition which is held at six different sites. Their assigned regional spot is at Notre Dame, Indiana at the Warren Gold Course. This is the second year in a row that the Hawkeyes have made it to the Regional competition, which is a great accomplishment for this program. Iowa was seeded 6th out of 13 teams competing at the Notre Dame Regional. The University of Iowa Hawkeyes have endured a lot this season and I am sure they are going to be fully prepared give their best at Notre Dame.


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