Strong second round vaults ISU men’s golf up the leaderboard

Mike Randleman

While other teams ahead of them were posting rounds well under-par in round one, the Iowa State men’s golf team joined in on the fun in round two at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

Led by a four-under-par round of 68 by freshman Nick Voke, the Cyclones posted a seven-under-par team total of 281 on Saturday to jump from a tie for 11th place to a tie for sixth headed into Sunday’s final round.

Voke bounced back from a first round 76, the second-highest round of his young career, to lead a quartet of Cyclones who shot rounds of par or better in round two.

Despite Voke’s improved round Saturday, junior Scott Fernandez has been the strongest ISU golfer for the tournament.

Fernandez followed up a one-under-par round of 71 with a 70 in round two Saturday. He leads the Cyclones at three-under-par for the tournament and tied for 18th place.

Five shots separate Fernandez from leader David Fink of Oregon State.

Freshman Ruben Sondjaja also improved upon his first round score of 72 with a second round total of 71, and is tied for 31st place.

Junior Sam Daley shot a second consecutive round of 72, which resulted in four out of five Cyclones matching or improving upon their first-round score. Daley and Voke are both tied for 36th place.

Iowa State’s fifth starter, senior Duncan Croudis, recorded a round of 82. At 14-over-par, his score does not count towards team scoring as only the top four scores are considered. He is tied for 119th place.

With a four-under-par total of 572, Iowa State is tied with defending champion TCU. The Cyclones and Horned Frogs are the best amongst five Big 12 teams in the field. 

The third and final round will take place on Sunday at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.