Men’s golf- slump continues

Dean Berhow-Goll

The ISU men’s golf team continued its struggles at the University Club Collegiate, finishing 10th out of the 12 teams. The Cyclones finished with a team score of 933. LSU won the meet with an 886 team total.

This meet marks the second-straight disappointing meet after a record-breaking tournament that was only a mere two weeks ago — it now seems as if it never happened at all.

This also marks the third meet in three weeks for the Cyclones, traveling from Arizona, to Arkansas and now to Louisiana. With all the traveling it’s easy to understand how tiring it can be.

“We feel pretty beat up, almost like we were just kicked in the face,” said junior Nate McCoy, “but in the long haul this will be a good experience because we’re going to get better from this.”

At the University Club Intercollegiate, sophomore Borja Virto led the Cyclones for the second time in a row, carding rounds of 75, 77, and 76 for a 228 total landing him in a tie for 21st place. Behind him were juniors Tom Lathrop and Nate McCoy, both with round totals of 233, earning them a tie for 35th.

Behind them were Michael Wuertz and Jacob Aaholm, carding round totals of 239 and 265. The meet’s medalist was Stephan Jaeger of Chattanooga with a round total of 209, and behind him was Iowa’s Vince India with a 216 for second place.

Some things the team mentioned were a problem were the windy conditions and how tough the University Club golf course really was compared to what they’ve dealt with this season.

“We really just got beat up by the course,” McCoy said. “It was really unforgiving, even if you missed a shot by 10 yards, it’d take you from a birdie situation to a triple [bogey].”

From here, the coaches have decided to try and change things up for the next meet. At this weekend’s Adidas Hoosier Invitational, senior Nathan Leary and sophomore Josh Bruder will be replacing Michael Wuertz and Jacob Aaholm. This will be Josh Bruder’s first collegiate action for Iowa State.

This week the team won’t be holding any team practices before they head to Indiana. Instead, the coaches have decided to let the golfers get ready in the best way they see fit.

“I want them to take ownership of getting ready for this next meet,” coach Andrew Tank said. “At this point in the season if they don’t know what they need to do to get better, there’s something seriously wrong.”