Men’s golf prepares for tough tournament ahead

Dean Berhow-Goll

Coming off a record-low performance at last week’s Desert Shootout, the ISU men’s golf team struggled at the First Tee Collegiate. The Cyclones tied for 12th out of 17 teams and brought in a total team score of 916.

Missouri was the winner of the tournament, scoring a total of 882.

Freshman Borja Virto led the Cyclones with a 225, which tied him for 23rd individually. Nate McCoy and Michael Wuertz both finished with a 229 which tied them both for 40th overall.

The individual medalist of the meet was Jace Long from Missouri, who carded a three-round total of 210, four strokes ahead of Louisville’s Justin Dorward’s 214.

After last week’s record-low performance in a superb Phoenix environment with 80 degree temperature, and barely any wind, the Cyclones had to play in a tougher environment. In Little Rock, Ark., the weather included 40-degree temperatures and wind. Along with that, the Chenal Country Club was much more difficult than the Palm Valley course in Phoenix, ISU coach Andrew Tank said.

“We didn’t have our best stuff this week, and our attitudes were poor,” Tank said. “So when you combine poor play with poor attitudes that’s when you shoot the high scores like we did this week.”