Cyclones just short of first place after final-round comeback

Brian Spaen

The Cyclones were in contention to win another tournament again this week, but came up just short of the victory.

At the Firestone Invitational, the ISU men’s golf team finished third overall. It’s the second straight tournament in which the Cyclones finished at that mark. After the team went through the first two rounds even par with 284 strokes and 292 strokes, both freshmen Sam Daley and Scott Fernandez made consecutive birdies at the end of their final rounds.

They helped the Cyclones finish at 283 strokes on the final day. However, both co-champions, Indiana and St. Mary’s (Calif.), had great rounds as well, finishing five shots better than the Cyclones.

Fernandez was the leader for the Cyclones and shot under par in all three rounds, shooting 70, 70 and 71 for a total of 211 strokes and a tie for seventh place. In his final round, Fernandez had three bogeys on the day entering the 15th hole, where he finished his round with four straight birdies.

Senior Nate McCoy continued to play well after winning last week’s tournament and improved in each round, shooting 72, 71 and 69 for a total of 212 strokes and a tie for ninth place.

Daley had six birdies and a bogey in the final round, giving him a career-low 67 strokes. That, along with a 70 and 77, gave him a total of 214 strokes and a tie for 12th place.

Sophomore Duncan Croudis received a tie for 48th overall, finishing with a total of 222 strokes. Redshirt freshman Andrew Peter made his debut with a total of 230 strokes and a tie for 77th.

The individual winner of the tournament was Mac McClung from St. Mary’s. He finished with 205 strokes, four better than the second-place finish.