Record-setting day for Sondjaja keeps Cyclones near the top at ASU

Mike Randleman

On a day where low scores were needed to keep pace with front-running Arizona State, Ruben Sondjaja posted one for the ISU men’s golf team and set a school record in the process.

Ruben Sondjaja tied ex-Cyclone and current Tour player Chris Baker (2004-08) for the Iowa State record-low round, 64.

Aided by Sondjaja’s historic day, the Cyclones remain within striking distance, sitting 10 shots behind the Sun Devils entering Sunday’s final round at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational.

As a team, Iowa State shot a 10-under-par round of 274, the second-lowest team round in school history.

The Cyclones posted the second-best round of the day, bested only by Arizona State’s 272.

The field’s scoring average in the second round was 72.17, a number topped by four of five ISU starters.

In Sondjaja’s round of 64, the freshman heated up at the end of his round, shooting six-under-par on the back nine, including a five-under-par stretch on holes 14 through 17.

Sondjaja’s 64 tied for the second-lowest round of the day, bested only by a nine-under-par score of 62 from Alex McMahon of Arizona.

Despite moving up 40 spots on the leaderboard to a tie for fourth place, Sondjaja made up no ground on individual leader Jon Rahm of Arizona State. Rahm also shot 64 and is at 16-under-par for the tournament, 11 shots ahead of Sondjaja.

While Sondjaja was in the spotlight on Saturday, Scott Fernandez holds the team’s lowest tournament score. Fernandez followed up his first round of 65 with a 70 in round two.

Fernandez continued to excel on the par-5’s, posting a two-under-par score on the course’s three par-5’s. His 135 total puts him in third place, nine shots behind Rahm.

Nick Voke also made a leap into the top-10, but two double bogies on holes 16 and 18 soured what was a five-under-par round through 15 holes. As a result, Voke shot a one-under-par score of 70 and is in a tie for 10th place with a 139 total.

Sam Daley was the third of a trio of Cyclones who shot 70 in round two. Daley caught fire on the back nine like Sondjaja did, posting a five-under-par stretch on holes 10 through 16. A double bogie on the 18th, like Voke, kept him from a round in the 60’s.

Daley enters the final round in a tie for 24th place with a 142 total.

Collin Foster was Iowa State’s fifth starter, posting a 74, though only the top four scores are considered for team scoring in each round.

With a 147 total, Foster is in a tie for 55th place out of 81 players.

Iowa State is two shots ahead of third-place Iowa and five shots ahead of fourth-place Arizona in a field of 15 teams.

The third and final round of the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational will take place on Sunday at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.