Fernandez in second, ISU men’s golf in third at ASU after first round

Mike Randleman

After one round at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, the cream rose to the top.

No. 32 Arizona State, No. 46 Iowa and No. 53 Iowa State entered the event as the highest-ranked teams in the field and remain in that order after 18 holes.

No. 27 Jon Rahm of Arizona State, the highest-ranked player in the field, also leads the individual competition after recording a nine-under-par round of 62. That score was three shots better than Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez, who is alone in second place.

The bogey-free round by Fernandez resulted in a score of 65, matching his career low, which he originally shot in this event last year in the second round.

In Iowa State’s previous event this season at the General Hackler Championship, Fernandez led the field in par-5 scoring. After one round, Fernandez is tied at the top in that same stat this week, playing the Karsten Golf Course’s three par-5’s in three-under-par, including an eagle on the 17th hole.

He was the only player in the field to post an eagle at the 17th hole.

Nick Voke was the second Cyclone to record an under-par round, posting a two-under-par score of 69. Voke led the team in birdies, but also posted a double-bogie and two bogies.

He is tied for eighth individually, seven shots behind Rahm.

The third Iowa State qualifying score on Friday was posted by Sam Daley. Daley finished near the middle of the pack of 81 golfers with a one-over-par round of 72, good for a tie for 36th place.

Like Fernandez, Daley’s rounded was aided by an eagle. Daley’s came at the par-5 15th hole and was one of only two eagles at the 15th.

The fourth and final qualifying score for Iowa State was a two-over-par round of 73, recorded by Collin Foster and Ruben Sondjaja.

Sandwiched between opening and closing bogies, Foster also recorded two birdies and bogies.

Like Foster, Sondjaja avoided double bogies or higher, recording two bogies and one birdie.

Foster and Sondjaja are tied for 44th place.

With a team total of 279, Iowa State will enter Saturday’s second round eight shots behind Arizona State and one shot behind Iowa. The Cyclones are four shots clear of fourth-place San Diego.

Iowa State’s five-under-par round was its lowest team round of the 2013-14 season.

Fernandez, who is in second-place, finished in a tie for second-place at last year’s Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational.

Second round play will take place Saturday at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The third and final round will be on Sunday.