Six Hawkeyes to compete in US Open qualifier – University of Iowa Athletics
IOWA CITY, Iowa – Six current and former University of Iowa golfers are scheduled to compete in the US Open final qualifying rounds on Monday. Nine 36-hole tournaments kick off Monday, June 6 to set the stage for the 122nd US Open later this month at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Current Hawkeye MacMcClear and Garrett Tighe won bids for the final qualifying events with top-three placings at the local qualifier at Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside, Iowa. McClear was the co-medalist of the event, tying Missouri’s Jack Lundin at three under par (69). Tighe earned the final qualifying spot with a par-round 70 at two under.
Mcclear, who was the 2021 Big Ten champion, earned PING All-Midwest honors this season for the second straight year. McClear was also named a second-team All-Big Ten in 2022 after leading the Hawkeyes with a 72.2 hitting average and four top ten finishes.
Last time out, McClear placed 14e at the NCAA Regionals, where he qualified to compete individually. He is set to compete at Springfield Country Club in Springfield, Ohio, where he will tee off at 8:05 a.m. (CT) from the No. 10 hole.
Tighe has appeared in six tournaments for Iowa this season, including posting a career-best 18 holes out of 65 at the Hawkeye Invitational where he finished second with a score of 209 (-7) over 54 holes.
Tighe will compete in Jupiter, Florida at the Club at Admiral’s Cove. He will be joined there by a former Iowa Gene Elliotwho won the 2021 US Senior Open Amateur to gain a bye for final qualifying.
Other former Hawkeyes competing in the final qualifier include brothers carson and Alex Schaakeas well as graduate 2021 Benton Weinberg.
Carson Schaake competes at Springfield Country Club where he is paired with PGA TOUR pros Daniel Hudson and Ryan Brehm. This trio is scheduled for a 7:45 a.m. CT tee time from hole #10.
Alex Schaake, who is the only Hawkeye golfer to be named Big Ten Player of the Year twice (2019, 2021), will play at Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in Columbus, Ohio. He is associated with Spanish professional golfer Rafa Cabrera-Bello, as well as Ricky Castillo of the University of Florida. They will depart at 7:30 a.m. (CT).
Weinberg is scheduled to compete at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland, where he will tee off at 7:15 a.m. (CT) from the No. 1 hole alongside pros Benjamin Griffin and Michael Salazar.