Gutschewski becomes ninth Cyclone in history to make NCAA Regionals


Tyler Coe

Luke Gutschewski tees off at the Hawkeye Invitational on Apr. 14, 2023.

Luke Gutschewski will be competing in Norman, Oklahoma, at the NCAA Men’s Golf Regionals. Gutschewski is the ninth Cyclone in history to be individually selected to participate in the NCAA Regionals.

Gutschewski is the third Cyclone in the last three seasons to participate at the NCAA Regionals. Tripp Kinney and Lachlan Barker were both selected in 2021.

The sophomore from Elkhorn, Nebraska, is the second sophomore in Iowa State history to be selected to participate at the NCAA Regional. In 2013, Scott Fernandez made history by being the first Cyclone sophomore ever selected to participate in the regionals.

In order for Gutschewski to advance to the NCAA Championship round, he will need to be the lowest individual not among the five teams advancing to the NCAA Championship Round on May 26.

Gutschewski was consistent all season and was continuously the highest-ranked Cyclone golfer by Golfstat and Golfweek. He finished in the top-10 individually four times this season, the most of anyone on the team.

Gutschewski also led the team in birdies and scoring average. Gutschewski finished in a tie for second place at the Zach Johnson Invitational and propelled the Cyclones to their only runner-up finish of the season.

He also received medalist honors at the Marquette Invitational after shooting a 204 total, his best finish of the season. The Cyclones finished fourth out of 15 teams at the Marquette Invitational.

Gutschewski is the top-seeded individual of the five that were selected to the Norman region of the NCAA Regionals. The other four individuals are Nathan Petronzio of SMU, Bret Gray of Sam Houston State, Vicente Marzilio of North Texas and James Swash of Louisiana Tech.

It will be a tall task for Gutschewski to qualify for his first ever NCAA championship, but he has achieved the first step of it. There are 14 teams in the Norman region, including Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Oklahoma finished first at the Big 12 Championship and Texas Tech finished third.

The 2022-2023 Iowa State men’s golf season has had its ups and downs. After finishing last at the Big 12 Championship as a team, Gutschewski can end the season on a high note individually for Cyclone golf.

Gutschewski already has a chance to make history as he is on pace for the lowest single season scoring average in Iowa State history. Tripp Kinney set it at 70.89 in 2020, Gutschewski currently sits at an average score of 70.76 for the 2022-2023 season.

The NCAA Regionals will start on May 15th and conclude on May 17th from Norman, Oklahoma.