Cyclones look to defend their title at National Invitational


David Stein fires a shot. The ISU men’s golf club is headed to the National Collegiate Club Golf Association national championship.

Belle Thrapp

The Cyclones are back in Tucson, Arizona, for the second time this season. After finishing 14th and 10th in the last two tournaments, the Iowa State men’s golf team is due for redemption.

The National Invitational Tournament will be hosting teams such as No. 23 Colorado State, No. 6 Arizona State and UNLV among 12 other schools.

Last year, Iowa State pulled off a huge team win at the National Invitational. The Cyclones finished five swings ahead of both Arizona State and UNLV who tied for second. Iowa State seemed to finish with ease. The Cyclones look to defend their crown at a familiar course.

Iowa State holds experience and success at OMNI Tucson National Golf Course. Many of the Cyclones who competed in last year’s tournament will be back in Tucson this week. Then-redshirt junior Denzel Ieremia tied for fourth in last year’s competition. Then-freshmen Tripp Kinney and Sam Vincent also placed in the National Invitational. Kinney took 13th and Vincent came in at 31st.

The competition starts Sunday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. Golfers will play rounds one and two on Sunday, and then will continue play for the third and final round on Monday, Feb 26.