Juniors Lead Charge on Day One of U.S. Collegiate
Oct. 18, 2013
The Hawkeyes fired a 287 (-1) on Friday, their lowest one-round score of the 2013 season. Juniors Ian Vandersee and Brian Bullington paced Iowa on day one, carding scores of 69 (-3) and 70 (-2) respectively. Vandersee is currently tied for third, while Bullington is tied for 10th.
Freshman Raymond Knoll shot his second-lowest round of his collegiate career, carding a 73 (+1). The Naperville, Ill., native is currently tied for 35th place.
Junior Joseph Winslow carded a 75 (+3) in his first round, and currently is locked in a tie for 48th place.
Senior Steven Ihm fired a 76 (+4), tying for 59th place.
Iowa's first-round score bests their 2012 U.S. Collegiate first-round score of 304 (+16) by 17 strokes. In a tournament featuring 13 teams ranked in the Golfstat.com Top 50, the Hawkeyes scored better than of them on Friday.
"We had a solid practice round yesterday and we were ready to play on the first hole," said head coach Mark Hankins. "This is only the first round and we will look to continue our discipline and determination throughout the weekend."
Vandersee continued his success from last week's Rod Myers Invitational, and has scored par on 51 of his last 72 tournament holes.
Georgia Tech, host of the U.S. Collegiate, carded a 279 (-8) on Friday, and holds a five-stroke lead over second place Oklahoma State.
Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech, the 2012 tournament champion, shot a 66 (-6), and is tied with Virginia's Ben Rusch for the individual lead.
The Hawkeyes return to action Saturday morning, with tee times ranging from 11:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CT). Live stats are available at GolfStat.com, and a live webcast is available at www.theUSCC.org.
2013 U.S. Collegiate Championship First-Round Results
1. #2 Georgia Tech, 279 (-9)