ISU men’s golf sits in No. 2 slot, set for final round

Mike Randleman

After two rounds at the Jim West Intercollegiate, a torrid pace has been set by Virginia, leaving Iowa State fighting to stay within shouting distance.

Aided by five rounds in the 60s, including a career-best 65 from Scott Fernandez, Iowa State is in second place with a 23-under-par total of 553.

Despite recording a season-low 278 in round one and besting it with a second-round 275, the No. 55 Cyclones ended up 13 shots behind the No. 10 Cavaliers at day’s end.

With the exception of Sam Daley, who posted consecutive rounds of 4-under-par 68, Monday was a tale of two rounds for ISU golfers.

Fernandez began his day with a 7-under-par total of 65 that had him alone in first place after 18 holes. He was unable to maintain his perch at the top after a second-round score of 72 dropped him to a tie for ninth place, four shots off of the lead.

Despite Fernandez’s low round of the day, Nick Voke and Daley ended up as Iowa State’s top performers.

Daley led the team with 12 birdies, while Voke surged in round two with a bogie-free round of 66. Both are tied for fifth place with a 136 total, three shots off of the lead.

Like Voke, Collin Foster shaved several strokes off his first round total, following up a first-round score of 75 with a 69 in round two. Foster is tied for 28th place.

Rounding out the Cyclones’ starting lineup was Ruben Sondjaja. Sondjaja improved by six shots in the second round but failed to record an under-par round, posting scores of 79 and 73. He is tied for 72nd place out of 80.

Entering the final round April 8, Iowa State is three shots ahead of third-place Louisiana-Monroe and nine shots ahead of fourth-place Sam Houston State.