Nate McCoy ties for 29th at NCAA Championships


ISU men’s golf senior Nate McCoy qualified for the NCAA Championships from May 29 to June 3, earning the lone individual wild card spot at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional. 

Alex Halsted

Nate McCoy’s Iowa State career came to an end Thursday evening as the senior tied for 29th at the NCAA Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Only the fourth Cyclone to advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual, McCoy ended with a three-day total of 217 to tie him for 29th out of 156 golfers. The most recent ISU golfer to advance to the NCAA Championships had been Clay Davis in 1980. 

During his senior season, McCoy won two tournaments and finished in the top-10 eight times, being named to the All-Big 12 First Team along the way.

McCoy ended the season with a 71.651 stroke average, setting the mark for the best single season average in Cyclone history, unseating Chris Baker, who set the previous mark at 75.657 during the 2007-08 season. 

With collegiate golf behind him, McCoy won’t be moving on from golf. The West Des Moines native qualified for the Canadian Tour earlier in May, and will take part in the tour beginning in mid-June.