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Iowa athletic director is better golfer than he claims

[ 0 ] May 29, 2014 |

The skies were blue, the sun bright Thursday morning for the Principal Charity Classic Pro-Am. It was a chamber of commerce day.

“Other than the fact that I have to swing a golf club,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines.

Barta was paired with Champions Tour pro David Frost and former Major League Baseball player Casey Blake of Indianola in the pro-am.

“This is one of about four rounds I’ll play this year,” Barta said.

Former Major League Baseball player Casey Blake, left, and University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta share a laugh while waiting to tee off during Thursday's pro-am of the Principal Charity Classic at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. (Chris Gannon/The Register)

Former Major League Baseball player Casey Blake, left, and University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta share a laugh while waiting to tee off during Thursday’s pro-am of the Principal Charity Classic at Wakonda Club in Des Moines. (Chris Gannon/The Register)

Blake held his driver like a baseball bat while waiting to tee off. He then piped a drive down Wakonda’s No. 1 fairway.

Last year, Blake was paired with Iowa State basketball coach Fred Hoiberg in the pro-am. Hoiberg bailed before the round was over because he had a recruit in town. Turns out it was point guard DeAndre Kane, looking for a new home after leaving Marshall.

“(Kane) didn’t do anything for him,” Blake said, tongue in cheek.

Kane, of course, wound up leading the Cyclones to a Big 12 Tournament championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 in his only year wearing the cardinal and gold.

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football, Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball

About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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