ISU men’s golf in fourth place after two rounds in Iowa City

Mike Randleman

In four tournaments spring tournaments, the ISU men’s golf team has finished in the upper half of the leaderboard in every one. Iowa State has a good chance to make it five in a row at the Great River Entertainment-Hawkeye Invitational, but an ever-elusive title may be out of reach once again.

In the 2013-14 season, the Cyclones have racked up four runner-up finishes and a third-place finish, but have missed out on chances to take home their first team title since 2011.

Entering Sunday’s final round, No. 53 Iowa State is in fourth place out of 12 teams and 16 shots behind first-place Iowa after 36 holes of competition.

Leading the Cyclones on a warm day at Finkbine Golf Course was Scott Fernandez, who is on pace for his third consecutive top-10 finish at this event.

Fernandez posted rounds of 72 and 70, good for sixth place at two-under-par and five shots off the lead. The junior led the team with 11 birdies and was five-under-par on the eight par-5 holes he played.

The Cyclones also received a strong performance from redshirt sophomore Collin Foster. Foster entered the tournament with a 76.05 scoring average, but posted rounds of 75 and 70 to tie for 14th place. Foster finished his final nine holes in the second round in four-under-par.

Freshman Nick Voke was Iowa State’s third highest finisher and the only Cyclone to to avoid a double-bogie or worse. Voke posted rounds of 75 and 73, good for a tie for 24th place. 

Sam Daley had seven birdies and an eagle on the day, but three double bogies kept him from climbing the leaderboard. With rounds of 77 and 74, the junior is tied for 38th place.

Rounding out the starting lineup was freshman Jack Carter. Carter made his first appearance in the starting lineup this season, replacing fellow freshman Ruben Sondjaja, who was a late scratch due to illness.

Similar to Daley, Carter had several birdies and an eagle in his first two rounds, but also suffered three double bogies. After rounds of 75 and 77, he is tied for 40th place.

The third and final round from Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City will begin at 9 a.m Sunday.