Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones in dead last after day one at Gopher Invitational


Collin Maguire

Members of the Iowa State men’s golf team watch a drive travel down the fairway at Coldwater Golf Links on April 3, 2021.

Logan Shanks, Sports Reporter

After the first day of the Gopher Invitational, Iowa State sits in last place out of 15 teams with a two-round score of 574 (+6).

The Cyclones all seemed to have their ups and downs in the first round, with bogeys and even a few double bogeys scattered around, but ultimately finished with a round one score of 286 (+2).

In round two, the Cyclones posted a score of 288.

Luke Gutschewski led the way for the cyclones with a score of 138 (-4). He currently sits tied for ninth place overall. Redshirt senior Nate Vance had a solid day, shooting for par or better in all but seven of 36 holes. He finished the day with a score of 146 (+4), tied for 61st place. 

Freshman Paul Beauvy shot a day one score of 148 (+6), which currently has him tied for 73rd place. 

Overall, the team had few birdies throughout the day, something they will want to see more of if they want a chance to climb the leaderboards. The Cyclones have some ground to make up, but there’s a lot to look forward to from this team heading into day two.

Morishita improves from his debut

Freshman Kyo Morishita got his second start at the Gopher Invitational and had himself a solid day. He came into round two with a 72 (+1) and then followed up with a 70 (-1) in round two, which currently has him tied for 38th place. 

He went on a run in round two, shooting for par or better in 17 of his last 18 holes. 

Gutschewski has an unusual start

A guy for Iowa State that typically is the front-runner got off to a slow start today. In round one, Gutschewski had a bogey on hole six, followed by a double bogey on hole seven. He came back towards the end of round one shooting for par and in round two was much better, shooting 67 (-4).

While he continues to lead the way for the Cyclones this season, he’ll look to climb the leaderboard on day two. 

Lineup switch backfires

Redshirt sophomore Jake Slocum joined the lineup for this weekend’s tournament replacing junior Lukas Pany. Slocum is familiar with the course as he started for the Cyclones in last year’s appearance at the Gopher Invitational. 

Slocum shot a 78 (+7) in round one, which was six strokes more than his first round outing last season, and in round two, he shot a 76 (+5), which puts him at 80th among all other golfers at the end of the day one. 

The Cyclones have a chance to improve in the final round on Monday, which will wrap up the Gopher Invitational.