Cyclone men’s golf heads to Kansas for Big 12 Championship


Tyler Coe

Nate Vance watches his putt at the Hawkeye Invitational on Apr. 14, 2023.

Cyclone men’s golf will travel to Hutchinson, Kansas, for Big 12 championship play. The Big 12 Championship will be a three-day tournament that starts Monday and concludes Wednesday.

Iowa State will be looking to build off the momentum it had from the Hawkeye Invitational last week in Iowa City, where the Cyclones finished fourth as a team out of the 13 programs competing.

The Cyclones finished with a final team total of 855 in Iowa City while four Cyclone golfers finished in the top 20 individually.

Freshman Paul Beauvy was the highlight of the Hawkeye Invitational and is also a player to pay close attention to at the Big 12 Championship. Beauvy’s top-five finish at the Hawkeye Invitational was his second of the season.

If Beauvy can continue to play well at the Big 12 Championship, Iowa State has a real chance to place well in Kansas.

Other players who could contribute to success at the Big 12 Championships are Luke Gutschewski, Zach May and Nate Vance.

May finished tied for 16th with Gutschewski at the Hawkeye Invitational after shooting a 215. Vance placed 20th and shot a 216.

May had a career weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational, and he can give the Cyclones a major boost if he plays well again at the Big 12 Championship. May had a career-best 18-hole score of 71, a 54-hole score of 215 and a career-best finish at 16th at the Hawkeye Invitational.

Vance had a consistent performance in Iowa City, and the Cyclones will look to him to continue that consistency at the Big 12 Championship.

Vance’s scores at the end of each round improved in Iowa City. He started with a 73 in the first round, shot a 72 in the second round and shot a 71 in the third round to finish at even par by the end of the Hawkeye Invitational.

If Iowa State is to place well at the Big 12 Championship, those three Cyclones will need to build off their performances in Iowa City, along with another strong performance from their cornerstone piece this season and highest-ranked player, Gutschewski.

Gutschewski has been the key to the success of the Cyclones all season, and many of the outings this season have been based on how well he performs.

As of late, Gutschewski is getting a lot of help from his teammates, and the Cyclones are placing higher as a result. Iowa State has finished in the top half of teams in two of the last three tournaments.

Gutschewski shot a 72 in the first two rounds of the Hawkeye Invitational and shot a 71 in the third round to finish one under par with May. If Gutschewski continues his consistently good play and gets the same amount of help he got at the Hawkeye Invitational, there is no reason the Cyclones can’t finish among the top half of teams at the Big 12 Championship.

Another performance like Beauvy’s from the Hawkeye Invitational combined with the consistency of Gutschewski could propel Iowa State to another solid finish heading into the NCAA Regionals.

Iowa State shot a 900 and finished in eighth place at the Big 12 Championship last season.

The Big 12 Championship will start Monday and conclude Wednesday. It can be viewed on ESPN+, and live stats can be found here.