Iowa State finishes with its lowest round of the year

Jonathan Lowe

The Big Ten and Big 12 conferences provided most of the teams for a strong field at the Legends Shootout in Franklin, Ind. Iowa State was one of four Big 12 teams that participated in the event, placing 11th overall with a final total of 921.

The tournament saw the Cyclones score their lowest round (303) and lowest three-round total of the season. However, the result was not what the team was looking for.

“In all honesty, it wasn’t our best effort,” sophomore Lisa Meshke said. “We kind of thought we played pretty well the first day, [but] were disappointed with our play in the third round.”

Michigan, the only team to shoot under 300 in all three rounds, won the event with a score of 877. Big Ten foe Wisconsin had the lead going into the final 18 holes, but fell back to second place at 879. Kent State wound up in third after their 885 finish.

For the second tournament in a row, Laura Wells paced the Cyclone effort, shooting 227 to tie for 24th position. Sarah Gilbert shot a 73 during the final round to move up 30 spots on the leaderboard. Her three-round tally of 230 was good enough to tie for 40th.

Louise Kenney also climbed on the second day as she completed the tournament at 231. Lisa Meshke and Leanne Owens ended up in a tie with both women shooting 238.

This tournament had markedly different results from the last one for the ISU squad.

After beating Texas A&M and Missouri at last week’s Big 12 Invitational, the Aggies and Tigers returned the favor by placing ahead of the Cyclones this week.

“You look at it as our scores are better this week, but we didn’t play as well,” Meshke said. “This last week was a little bit of a disappointment because we let some teams get ahead of us that we need to beat to get to regionals.”

Meshke, who didn’t practice the game from mid-May to late August, said it’s been a slow process getting back to form.

“At this tournament, I didn’t really have any problems with my back,” she said. “I [don’t] feel I’m 100 percent, but I still feel like I can play golf and help out the team.”

The sophomore will try to help her team at next week’s Sunflower Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. The Cyclones added this tournament to their schedule after the Minnesota Invitation was canceled.

“We need to go into this tournament with a lot more confidence in our game,” Meshke said. “It seems like as a team, we don’t really get four good rounds together. Our goal is to put things together for this tournament.”

Meshke also sees the upcoming tournament as a possibility for the Cyclones to progress in the right direction.

“Next week is an opportunity to come back from this last week because there will be another strong field [in Lawrence],” she said. “It’s a chance for us to redeem ourselves.”

The Sunflower Invitational will be held Monday and Tuesday. It will be the final tournament of the season for the Cyclones.