ISU men’s golf near the top but 20 shots behind Texas at Big 12s

Mike Randleman

With two rounds in the books, the ISU men’s golf team is ahead of perennial powerhouses Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, but a dominating day from Texas may make a conference championship hard to come by for the Cyclones.

With a 16-over-par total of 592, the No. 47 Cyclones are tied for third place with No. 52 TCU, trailing No. 18 Texas by 20 shots and second-place No. 39 Texas Tech by 15.

Iowa State was five shots back of Texas after a four-over-par total of 292 in round one, but could not sustain the momentum. The Cyclones posted a total of 300 in the second round while the Longhorns shot the best round of the tournament thus far at 285.

Junior Sam Daley and freshman Nick Voke led the way for Iowa State on Friday, posting totals of two-over-par total of 146.

Daley was the only Cyclone to avoid double-bogie or worse on the day and finished his second round with eight consecutive pars.

Voke led the team with eight birdies, but a triple-bogie in his second round kept him outside of the top five at day’s end. Voke and Daley are both tied for eighth place out of 45 golfers, six shots behind leader Esteban Restrepo of Texas Tech.

Senior Scott Fernandez struggled in round one, posting a five-over par 77, but recovered with a 74 to end up as Iowa State’s third-leading scorer on the day. He was two-under-par through 13 holes in his second round before finishing with two bogies and a double-bogie and is tied for 24th place.

Redshirt sophomore Collin Foster posted a one-over-par total of 73 in round one, the team’s third-best round on the day, but followed it with a 79 in round two to finish in a tie for 28th place.

After missing Iowa State’s last tournament, the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational on April 12 and 13 with appendicitis, freshman Ruben Sondjaja posted rounds of 76 and 77 to finish in a tie for 32nd place.

Third round play will take place Saturday, with the fourth and final round to be played Sunday.