Men’s college golf co-players of the week: Iowa, Mac McClear and Alex Schaake

Adam Woodard
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Iowa sophomore Mac McClear may have taken home the individual title from the Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island, but his redshirt senior teammate Alex Schaake wasn’t far behind.

McClear birdied his last five holes to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round at the Plantation Course on St. Simons Island, Georgia, and finish at 10 under for the tournament, three shots clear of Schaake, who shot a 6-under 66 in the third round with six birdies in his last seven holes. The 1-2 finish propelled the Hawkeyes to their first win since their 2019 Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City.

“The guys showed so much resiliency (in the final round). I’ve never seen a finish like that to win a college tournament, to be honest. I’m so grateful to have been part of it,” said head coach Tyler Smith.

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“I couldn’t be happier for Mac. He turns up for practice and training every day ready to work. He’s improved so much over the last year. (The win) validated all of his hard work,” Smith continued.

Iowa topped a competitive field including top-50 programs Notre Dame and Georgia Southern, as well as six Big Ten foes.