Cyclones tie for 7th despite early struggles

Dean Berhow-Goll

Iowa State’s men’s golf team finished in a tie for seventh out of 17 teams at the Oak Hills Invitational to finish up their second event of the spring season. The Cyclones finished with an 880 total.

Texas Tech had an outstanding meet tallying an 837 total, finishing 12 strokes ahead of second-place Oklahoma. Other Big 12 teams that Iowa State was measuring itself against were Baylor who finished in a tie for 5th, and Kansas State who finished 13th.

“Our play wasn’t characteristic of what we’re capable of,” coach Andrew Tank said, “so we went out with the mind frame of a fresh start on day two.”

For the Cyclones, Nate McCoy finished in a tie for 18th tallying a total score of 216. Michael Wuertz finished 34th with a 221, and right behind him were Borja Virto and Tom Lathrop with a 222, and a 223. Senior Nathan Leary also had a 228.

The Cyclones struggled in the first two rounds on day one of the meet. Then in the final round on day two, the Cyclones came storming back catapulting five spots to go from 12th to tied for seventh.

“We had a poor performance in rounds one and two,” Tank said, “so we went out there today and had a bit of a comeback which was great to see.”

The next action for the ISU men’s golf team will be March 17 to 19 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Desert Shootout.