High winds equal high scores for ISU men’s golf at nationals after day three


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Junior Sam Daley practices his putt Feb. 26 at the golf team’s indoor practice facility.

Mike Randleman

The ISU men’s golf team told its own Cinderella story during this year’s historic postseason run-but that tale is likely nearing its end.

After a wind-swept day in Hutchinson, Kan., led to a 19-over-par round of 299 and a 5-over-par start in round three at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship, the Cyclones find themselves 21 shots out of eighth place — the benchmark to advance to the match play portion of the event.

Iowa State nearly completed its front nine holes of the third round, which is the last round of stroke play, before inclement weather delayed it until 7:30 a.m. May 26.

Teams in 16th through 30th place after two rounds were the only ones to begin their rounds on day three, with the other 15 rounds beginning on day four.

Unlike teams that finished their second round May 24 in calm, soft conditions, ISU was faced with tough, windy conditions as it tried to stay in the mix for a spot in the top eight.

Leading Iowa State for the tournament is junior Sam Daley. He followed up a first round 69 with a 71 in round two, and was even-par through his first seven holes of the third round.

At even-par for the tournament, Daley is tied for 27th place out of 156 golfers and is six shots off of the individual lead.

Iowa State’s second-best option has been junior Scott Fernandez. Fernandez posted a 76 in the second round, but rebounded to shoot even-par through his first eight holes in round three. At six-over-par for the tournament, he is tied for 92nd place.

After shooting a team-low 68 in round one, redshirt sophomore Collin Foster struggled to sustain his momentum. In round two he posted a 76 and was four-over-par through eight holes in his third round.

At 8-over-par, Foster is tied for 107th place.

Rounding out the lineup for No. 47 Iowa State are the two freshmen, Jack Carter and Ruben Sondjaja.

After a second-round 79 and a one-over-par start through eight holes in round three, Carter is tied for 127th at 11-over-par.

Through two rounds, Sondjaja has failed to post a qualifying score for Iowa State. He followed up a first-round 73 with a 79 in round two. Through eight holes in round three he is 5-over-par.

At 14-over-par, Sondjaja is tied for 137th.

For the tournament, Iowa State is 24-over-par and is in 24th place.