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Marks Paces Hawkeyes in Season-Opening Round
Senior is currently tied for 19th place in Golfweek Conference Challenge
Senior Ryan Marks started his round with two straight birdies on Sunday.
Senior Ryan Marks started his round with two straight birdies on Sunday.
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Sept. 15, 2013

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BURLINGTON, Iowa -- University of Iowa senior men's golfer Ryan Marks paced the Hawkeyes with a one-over-par 73 on Sunday during the opening round of the 15-team Golfweek Conference Challenge. Iowa is in ninth in the annual event held at Spirit Hollow Golf Course after posting a 298 (+10).

"Today's round was pretty solid," said Marks. "I was able to put some good holes together. I made a few birdies to start. I had a little hiccup on No. 8 and 9, but other than that, played really solid golf. It was nice to finish the round off with a birdie on No. 18 to get going into tomorrow."

Marks started his round with two birdies, before posting five-straight pars. The Warrensburg, Mo., native finished the last two holes of the front nine a combined three-over par, before firing an even-par 36 on the back nine. Marks is tied for 19th.

Senior Steven Ihm posted a 74 (+2) and is tied for 28th. Sophomore Nate Yankovich finished in a tie for 37th after carding a 75 (+3).

Freshman Raymond Knoll -- playing in his first collegiate round -- and sophomore Voramate Aussarassakorn are tied for 45th after shooting 76 (+4).

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"It is our first round of the year, and we need to handle our nerves a little better and get in the flow of things," said UI head coach Mark Hankins. "We had a little rain delay at the start that our guys shrugged off pretty well. We really started playing well on the back. A couple of our guys made a little comeback on the last few holes, and we came up a few spots, which is nice going into tomorrow. Hopefully, we can go out tomorrow and shoot a better number."

All five Hawkeyes posted a lower score on the back nine.

Iowa is nine strokes back of Houston who leads the team race, posting a 289 (+1). Oklahoma and New Mexico are tied for second (290). Tyler Merkel of Ball State carded the low round of the day, firing a three-under-par 69.

"We need to keep playing our game and put good rounds together the next two days," said Marks. "Everyone knows what they need to do. I would like to keep playing solid golf. I am swinging the club really well right now."

The second round of action at the Golfweek Conference Challenge will resume on Monday, with tee times running from 9 a.m. through 11:06 a.m. off holes No. 1 and No. 10. Play concludes Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Live stats are available at golfstat.com.

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