Ex-golfers India, Hopfinger successful in first tournament since graduating

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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Former Iowa golf standouts Vince India and Brad Hopfinger both finished in the top 20 of the Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions in Johnstown, Pa., this week, according to a release. The 58-year-old tournament fields 75 competitors at Sunnehanna Country Club, and is considered to be one of the top amateur competitions in the country.

Hopfinger, from Lake Forest, Ill., shot a 6-under 274 and finished in fourth place at the four-day tournament. He shot under par in each of the four rounds and missed the bronze medal by two strokes.

The three golfers who finished above Hopfinger — Nathan Smith, Zac Blair, and Lee Bedford — are ranked in Golfweek’s top-100 world rankings.

India finished tied for 20th with 281. The 2011 Big Ten Golfer of the Year, from Deerfield, Ill., finished under par in the second (2-under) and third (3-under) rounds.

Hopfinger and India both graduated in May; they had formed the foundation of the strongest Hawkeye golf team in school history. Iowa finished 10th at the NCAA men’s golf championships in Stillwater, Okla., and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the country by Golfstat.com.

— by Seth Roberts

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