Men’s golf pulls off another upset

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2010 7:30 AM

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The 13th-seeded Iowa men’s golf team wrapped up its final round at the Callaway Match-Play Championships Tuesday afternoon in the same fashion it opened — an upset.

The Hawkeyes trailed sixth-seeded UNLV early, 3-1-1. But Iowa managed to post a 3-2 victory, which secured the team fifth place in its tournament début.

The victory over the Rebels marked Iowa’s third victory over higher-seeded opponents in the event. The Hawkeyes also beat top-seeded Stanford and fourth-seeded Arizona State.

Junior Vince India, who won 2-and-1, and sophomores Chris Brant and Barrett Kelpin, who won their matches, 4-and-3 and 2-and-1, led the Iowa comeback.

Brad Hopfinger dropped his final match of the tournament, 4-and-3.

Along with the fifth-place finish, the Hawkeyes managed to tie for third with tournament champion New Mexico and 2009 NCAA champion Texas A&M, in the individual match standings.

The three teams each posted 11 individual victories.

Kelpin earned four of those wins to become the only Hawkeye to go undefeated in the tournament. India and Hopfinger finished with one loss apiece.

— by Jessie Smith

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