Three Big Takeaways: Cyclones finish fourth at the Hawkeye Invitational


Tyler Coe

Paul Beauvy tees off at the Hawkeye Invitational on Apr. 14, 2023.

After weather delays and rescheduling, the Hawkeye Invitational has concluded, and Iowa State men’s golf put out its best performance since October.

Fourth place finish

As a team, the Cyclones finished fourth out of the 13 competing schools at the Hawkeye Invitational. Fourth is the highest the Cyclones have finished since the Marquette Intercollegiate.

The Cyclones started the event strong with a 286 in round one and a 287 in round two. Iowa State was in third place after the first round of the Hawkeye Invitational. Round three was Iowa State’s best round of the day, the Cyclones shot a 282 and secured their first top-five team finish in six months.

Iowa State bounced back from an eighth-place finish at the Tiger Collegiate Invitational and shot nine under par in doing so.

The champion of the Hawkeye Invitational was the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Money in crunch time

After the first two rounds at the Hawkeye Invitational, the Cyclones had put themselves in a good position to finish in the top-five in Iowa City. The third round demonstrated Iowa State’s ability to build off the momentum they gained from previous rounds.

Unphased by the weather, four out of six Cyclones shot even par or better in the third round, including a four-under-par effort from freshman Paul Beauvy. If not for a double bogey on the 18th hole, Beauvy’s score could have been even more impressive.

Luke Gutschewski and Nate Vance shot one-under par in the third round, while Zach May shot even par on the front and back nine. All four finished top-20 in the individual standings at the end of round three.

The consistent third round play from Iowa State distanced the Cyclones from the rest of the teams below them. Iowa State finished fourth with a nine-under-par effort, the next closest team finished at three-under-par.

Beauvy finishes in the top-five

The freshman from France was able to record his second top-five finish of the season at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday.

Beauvy shot three-under-par in the first round, even par in the second, and four-under-par in the third, securing a fifth-place finish individually and an impressive fourth place for the team.

Beauvy started the third round with birdies on five of his first seven holes and shot par on the two that were not birdies. Beauvy shot five-under-par on the front nine and added on two more birdies on the back nine.

Gutschewski has been the highest-ranked individual golfer on the Cyclones this season. Continuing to have consistent performances around him can boost the Cyclones and make them dangerous in Big 12 championship play.

Beauvy’s performance at the Hawkeye Invitational is the perfect example of what this team can accomplish when they string together consistent performances across the board. Success for the Cyclones has come when it is not a one-man show.

One good individual performance is not enough, and in the Hawkeye Invitational multiple Cyclones were able to put it all together and secure the best team finish since October.

Next up for the Cyclones is Big 12 Championship play in Hutchinson, Kansas, which will begin on April 24 and conclude on April 26.