ISU men’s golf to compete at Columbia Regional


Scott Fernandez, junior in pre-business, practices on the new golf facility. Teammate Collin Foster said: “It’s amazing, the options you have. … You can practice almost every shot.”

Mike Randleman

With one tournament in the books last weekend, the ISU men’s golf team is back at it as it heads to Missouri for the Columbia Regional Preview on Monday and Tuesday.

The Cyclones last played at The Club at Old Hawthorne, the site of the Columbia Regional Preview, in the spring 2012 season.

“It’ll certainly be nice to have a little knowledge heading in,” said ISU coach Andrew Tank. “It’s a familiar golf course for a few of us. [Juniors] Scott [Fernandez], Sam [Daley] and Blake [Waller] have played there. It’s a good golf course, we’re looking forward to getting back.”

At the Mizzou Intercollegiate in 2012, the Cyclones finished second out of 15 teams. Daley, Fernandez and Waller finished in a tie for 8th, 22nd and 48th, respectively.

Daley and Fernandez will join freshmen Ruben Sondjaja and Nick Voke in this week’s starting lineup.

Waller could also join the lineup as he was set to compete in a playoff against teammate Collin Foster for the fifth starting spot during Sunday’s practice rounds.

The loser of the playoff will still compete in the tournament as an individual, although his scores will not count toward team scoring.

Tournaments throughout the season vary on whether or not they allow for extra players to compete as individuals.

“It depends on who’s hosting, if they have room [for extra individuals]. We were fortunate enough to get an individual into the field at this one,” Tank said. “It’s great, it gets another guy a tournament under his belt.”

With four of last week’s five starters playing again this weekend in Daley, Fernandez, Sondjaja and Voke, cleaning up minor mistakes are essential to improving upon last weekend’s fifth place finish at the Gopher Invitational.

“We are capable of playing a lot better than we did,” said Voke, who tied for eighth last week. “I think in general, a lot of us made a lot of simple mistakes. You could even put it down to course management.”

Course management and decision-making will be important factors for ISU success this week given how the course has been known to play.

“There are some risk/reward holes involved,” Tank said. “The par-fives you can be aggressive and go for them in two. There’s also some shorter par-fours that have the same risk/reward elements to them.

“It’s going to favor the team that plays smart and is good around the greens, because you can capitalize on some of those shorter holes if you put it in the right position and can get up-and-down for birdie.”

The event will take place Sept. 16 to 17. There will be 36 holes played Monday, with an 18-hole finale set for Tuesday.