Men’s golf sees Oak Hill Invitational as Big 12 preview

Dean Berhow-Goll

After a strong showing at the Big Four Match to start the spring, the ISU men’s golf team is looking to keep the momentum going at the Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.

At the Big Four Match, Iowa State had its most notable meet, playing some of the best golf all year. The Cyclones not only won the meet, but they also defeated the rival No. 11 Iowa Hawkeyes in the finals.

Last year at the Oak Hills Invitational the Cyclones finished sixth out of 15 teams, shooting an 887 total. Texas Tech won the meet with an 875 and had three players in the top 11.

Now Iowa State is looking ahead and trying to keep the momentum going from beating UNI and No. 11 Iowa at the Big Four Match.

“Everyone is still pretty jacked up from beating Iowa,” said assistant coach Patrick Datz. “I think we’ve had a good week of practice, so we’re expecting good things.”

Going into the meet the coaches know that this is a chance to see how they measure up against the Big 12 for the Big 12 Championship at the end of the year.

“Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma are there,” Datz said. “So they can be a measuring stick for us for the Big 12.”

The Cyclones are still trying to find a consistent top five, and with everyone playing so well it won’t be easy.

“We’ve had six guys that have played great so far,” said coach Andrew Tank. “The decision-making process is going to be tough, but I think as the spring goes along, it’ll become clear who will step up and take their spots.”

The Oak Hills Invitational could prove to be a make-or-break for the six golfers competing for those five spots.

“The bar has been raised now that we’ve come out strong,” Tank said. “So this will be a good indicator of where we’re at as a team.”