Experience not enough to help men’s golf team in Texas tournament


Nate McCoy, senior in communication studies, is the lone senior on a young ISU men’s golf team.

Mark Schafer

Nate McCoy has not left anything out on the golf course in his senior season.

The West Des Moines native has been the leader of the ISU men’s golf team in half of its tournaments this season. McCoy continued to lead the Cyclones as they finished in a tie for 12th in the first spring semester tournament, the Texas-San Antonio Invitational, which wrapped up on Tuesday.

“I know this is my last year, and I want to do as well as I can,” McCoy said. “I’ve been to a lot of the upcoming tournaments before, and I know what to expect.”

McCoy finished the invitational in a tie for sixth place overall. It was his 10th top-10 finish, four of which came this year.

“He’s been a valuable player to have on the team,” said second-year coach Andrew Tank. “He brings leadership and experience that helps our team prepare for tournaments.”

The experience that McCoy has will be one of the things that the team will rely on as some of the upcoming tournaments approach where he has played his entire collegiate golf career.

“[For] a lot of us, this is the first time we are seeing the course,” said freshman Sam Daley. “Nate helps point out what the layout of the course might look like because he’s played that course before.”

Even though the Cyclones have the experience of McCoy to guide them into the tournament, Tank said that doesn’t mean the team will still experience hiccups throughout the season.

One of those hiccups was the team’s tie for 12th place at the Texas-San Antonio Invite.

“We learned some things that we’ll use for the next tournaments this week,” Tank said. “Some of our shots just weren’t there that had been there in the past, our tournament wasn’t where we thought it might be at in terms of how we competed.”

The next closest finisher to McCoy was 10 positions behind, with freshman Scott Fernandez finishing in a tie for 16th.

“We have tough competition out there and when two or three of us have a bad round or two then our team score is going to show that,” Tank said. “That is what we saw this weekend.”