Nick Voke, Sam Daley lead the ISU golf to 5th place at Gopher Invitational


Sam Daley practices at the Cold Water Golf Field Sept. 10.

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A pair of top-10 finishes from junior Sam Daley and freshman Nick Voke paced the ISU men’s golf team to a tie for fifth place at the Gopher Invitational on Monday in Independence, Minn.

Voke and Daley both carded three-round totals of one-under-par for a total of 212 scores to finish in a tie for eighth individually.

“This morning, I had a lot of good shots out there. Just had a couple really silly mistakes on two of the holes,” said Voke, who entered the third round in a tie for first.

Those two mistakes on his front-nine led to double and triple bogies, which derailed Voke’s chance for competing for a title and resulted in a four-over round of 75.

Daley, his teammate, never held a share of the lead like Voke did after two rounds, but his consistent play of 72, 70 and 70 allowed him to steadily ascend the leaderboard.

“It was fairly solid, although I didn’t do much special,” Daley said of his tournament performance. “Tee to green, I was all right. I didn’t really hole much the first day, but today I was scrambling pretty well to shoot one-under.”

Freshman Ruben Sondjaja and junior Scott Fernandez also carded qualifying scores for the Cyclones, with three-round totals of eight-over-par 221.

Fernandez started off the tournament with a 10-over-par 81 but closed out with solid rounds of 69 and 71.

Sondjaja showed more consistency in achieving his 221 total, carding rounds of 73, 75 and 73.

“From tee to green, he played great, but he struggled on the greens, which is unlike him,” said ISU coach Andrew Tank regarding Sondjaja’s performance. “He probably shot the highest scores he possibly could have because of that. Going forward, I think he’s only going to play better.”

For the team as a whole, shoring up minor mistakes are imperative for increased success going forward.

“I felt like we had the potential to play a lot better, we left a lot of shots out there,” Tank said. “We made some easily correctable mistakes, just a few things here and there — things like three putts and hitting the ball on the wrong spots up by the greens where it’s hard to get up and down.”

The Cyclones finished in the upper portion of a leaderboard filled with 2012 NCAA participants and preseason top-25 teams. However, room for improvement still remains.

“I think most of us are pretty semi-disappointed with the result. I know that we are capable of playing a lot better,” Voke said. “We made a lot of simple mistakes that we’re going to work on over the week and hopefully we can all play a little bit better next week and have a little bit better result.”

The next event for Iowa State is the Columbia Regional Preview on Sept. 16 and 17.