Three Big Takeaways: Cyclone men’s golf finishes last at Big 12 Championship


Tyler Coe

Luke Gutschewski reads his putt at the Hawkeye Invitational on Apr. 14, 2023.

Daniel Krivacs, Sports Reporter

After a long battle, the Cyclones finished last place at the Big 12 Championship.

Iowa State battled back in the last two rounds of the tournament, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit from the first two rounds. The Cyclones could not pull it together in the fourth round to overtake West Virginia to move up spots on the leaderboard.

However, despite the shortcomings, a pair of Cyclones finished with solid scores.

No Cyclones in the top-20  

After multiple Cyclones placed in the top-20 at the Hawkeye Invitational, none finished in the top-20 at the Big 12 Championship. Paul Beauvy finished 21st and shot 11-over-par at the tournament.  

Luke Gutschewski struggled in the fourth round and shot seven-over-par, which gave him a final total of 20-over-par for the tournament. Gutschewski, the only Cyclone individually ranked in the top-100, finished tied for 36th overall.  

Zach May also finished at 36th overall after shooting 20-over-par at the Big 12 Championship. May had two double bogeys on the front nine of the fourth round and finished the day at seven-over par, the same as Gutschewski.  

Nate Vance finished at 43rd overall and shot eight-over-par in the fourth round after shooting two-over-par in the third round. Vance finished 26-over-par for the tournament. Lukas Pany was not far behind Vance, finishing in 44th place after shooting five-over-par in the fourth round and 27-over-par overall.  

Tough fourth round 

Overall, it was a rough tournament for the Cyclones, who finished the first two rounds in last and were unable to make up ground in the last two rounds. After a nice third round, the Cyclones were unable to catch West Virginia in the fourth round. The Cyclones were playing catch-up the entire tournament.  

Iowa State was nine strokes behind West Virginia heading into the fourth round of the Big 12 Championship. Iowa State shot a 290 as a team in round three, and West Virginia shot a 300. Iowa State was unable to keep it going in round four, shooting a 301 as a team.  

The Cyclones still shot better than West Virginia, who shot a 303 in the fourth round, but it was not enough for Iowa State to dodge a last-place finish. West Virginia’s fourth-round team score of 303 was the highest team score of any team across all rounds of the Big 12 Championship.  

Paul Beauvy continues to impress 

Despite the team finishing last at the Big 12 Championship, Beauvy continued to show that he can be a big piece of the Cyclone program in the future.  

Beauvy and Gutschewski were both big parts of Iowa State’s success when they found it during the regular season. At the Big 12 Championship, it was Beauvy and Gutschewski leading all Cyclones once again.  

Beauvy finished fifth at the Hawkeye Invitational, his second top-five finish of the season and the best of all Cyclones golfing in Iowa City that weekend. He led the team again at the Big 12 Championship, shooting two-over-par in the fourth round. 

Beauvy was the only Cyclone to shoot even par on the front or back nine of the fourth round. All other Cyclones shot over par.  

The freshman from France has shown improvement all season and demonstrated that he can be a big part of this team moving forward.

With the regular season now over, the Cyclones await their postseason fate. The NCAA Regionals participant announcement will be at noon May 3rd.