Men’s golf hopes consistency continues into spring tournaments

Mark Schafer

Sometimes the hardest part about sports can be a lack of consistency, which can be lost during long breaks between events.

For the ISU men’s golf team, it hopes to continue the consistency that it gained from the fall semester into the spring semester, despite a three-month break.

“For some players, being away from the game will help,” said coach Andrew Tank. “None of our players have tournaments scheduled, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be working for next semester.”

Tank said the team is coming off a terrific end to the first semester.

This semester, the ISU men’s golf team finished ranked in two golfing polls, ranked 42nd by Golfstat and 51st by Golfweek.

“Finishing the fall semester with two top 50 rankings is big,” Tank said. “If we have another strong semester, then I think this team will really climb.”

In the fall semester, the Cyclones finished in the top four in each of its last four tournaments, capping off the semester with a win at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C.

At that tournament, two Cyclones showed what they could do.

Senior Nate McCoy, finished in a tie for 12th, but during the semester he was the top performer for the ISU men’s golf team, Tank said.

Freshman Sam Daley, who came to Iowa State from Australia, finished the semester with a third-place finish at the Bridgestone Collegiate Classic.

Tank said that the play of the freshmen has been outstanding in the fall semester.

“Two of our freshmen, Scott Fernandez and Sam Daley, have performed exceptionally well in their first semesters,” Tank said. “Scott was able to win the VCU tournament and Sam finished third at the last tournament in South Carolina, coming out right away and performing on that level is great for them.”

Consistency is on everyone’s mind as break between their last fall tournament and first spring tournament, a period of three months, is coming to an end.

“A couple of us got into a strong rhythm toward the end of the fall,” Daley said. “We need to stay in that as we prepare for the spring.”

McCoy also said that the team needs to continue the consistency that the team found in the last four tournaments of the fall semester.

“We have a few more tournaments in the spring than we did in the fall, and we’ll also be coming off the long break,” McCoy said. “If we can be as consistent as we were toward the end of fall, then our spring tournaments should match up with fall in terms of success.”

While none of the team will have tournaments during the break, Tank said the team will continue its workouts.

“We want to continue to improve and we’ll work on that over break by being in the gym working on flexibility and strength,” Tank said. “That’ll keep us in position to stay consistent in the spring.”