Cyclones struggle first day at Big 12 Championships

Alex Gookin

With second round play suspended due to darkness, the men’s golf team finished the first day of the Big 12 Championship struggling to card low scores at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Iowa State finished the first day of competition tied for last place, carding a first round score of 306; the highest round of the meet.

The team is currently 8-over par in the second round with four holes to play — two for Scott Fernandez and one each for Sam Daley and Collin Foster. The second round will be finished starting at 11 a.m. 

Iowa State was led by Fernandez, whose first-round score of 72 and his in-progress round of 2-over par has him tied for seventh place individually. Daley’s first round 75 and in-progress round of 2-over par put him second on the team and tied for 19th overall.

The rest of the Cyclone team struggled, with Zach Steffen, Collin Foster, and Duncan Croudis all finishing in the bottom half of the field. Foster and Croudis currently sit in the bottom five. 

Texas leads the meet after being one of three teams to completely finish the second round, shooting a meet-best round of 281 (one-over par) in the second round. The Longhorns passed three teams after sitting in fourth after one round.

Oklahoma State sits in second with a total score of 577, six strokes behind Texas. TCU trails Oklahoma State by only a stroke with a score of 578.

The first day also featured a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ type of Kansas team that shot a first round of 289 to sit in third place. The team collapsed in the second round, currently shooting 25-over par with four holes left to play. They are tied with Iowa State for last.

Individually, Texas’ Brandon Stone led all golfers (70-67=137), while Oklahoma State’s Talor Gooch sits in second (70-69=139). Kansas’ Chris Gilbert sits in third with an incomplete scorecard at 1-over par.

After the second round is finished, the third round will begin Tuesday at 1 p.m.