Fernandez finishes record season 13th place at NCAA Regional


Scott Fernandez

Alex Gookin

Scott Fernandez shot a three-round total of 218 (74-74-70) at the NCAA Columbus Regional on May 16-18, tying for 13th place. The 13th place finish eliminates Fernandez from individually qualifying for the NCAA Championship. 

Fernandez started the tournament slow, with eight bogeys-or-worse and only three birdies through the first two rounds. The start of the third round did not look much different with Fernandez, bogeying three of the first five holes.

With only 10 holes to play, Fernandez got to 4-under-par, moving up the leader board to 13th after consistently finishing in the mid-twenties after each of the first two rounds. 

Fernandez finished the season with a 71.27 stroke average, passing Nate McCoy (71.65) for the top spot on Iowa State’s single-season stroke average list. Through his sophomore season, Fernandez also holds the career stroke average record (72.36).

New Mexico won the team title at the Columbus Regional, shooting a three-round score of 870. Auburn and South Carolina followed two strokes behind, tying for second with scores of 872.

UNLV (878) and Texas Tech (879) finished out the top-five, all of whom qualify for the NCAA Championships May 28-June 2 in Atlanta, Ga. 

As Fernandez sophomore season comes to an end, he will head to Wilmington, Del., to compete for Europe in the Palmer Cup June 7-9.