Iowa State ends golf season on bittersweet note


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Sophomore golfer Nick Voke lines up a putt at practice on April 14. At the 2015 Gopher Invitational, Voke led the ISU men’s golf team by tying for 3rd place out of 81 golfers.

Aaron Marner

Following one of the strongest team performances in recent years at the NCAA Austin Regional two weeks ago, the Iowa State men’s golf team couldn’t keep the positive momentum going at the NCAA Championship this week.

Iowa State shot a score of 875 over three rounds to finish in a tie for 18th place at the 30-team tournament.

The top 15 teams made the cut, meaning Iowa State was one of the closest teams to making the fourth round. Central Florida, the team that finished day three in the final qualifying slot, was just four strokes ahead of Iowa State.

Individually, Iowa State got a strong performance from redshirt junior Denzel Ieremia. Ieremia was the only one of the five Cyclone golfers to make the cut into the final round. He finished the Championship in a tie for No. 47 with a seven-over-par score of 295.

Senior Nick Voke, who won the Austin Regional thanks to a final round course-record score of 61, was unable to repeat his historic performance. Voke missed the cut after shooting 76-72-75 in three rounds.

Iowa State’s Ruben Sondjaja and Tripp Kinney each finished near Voke. Both Sondjaja and Kinney shot 221 compared to Voke’s 223.

Sam Vincent finished with the worst score of Iowa State’s five golfers. He shot an 18-over-par 234.

While the final tournament of the season did not finish quite as well as the Cyclones hoped, they did finish with the best Championship placement in recent history.

It also marks the end of the road for both Sondjaja and Voke.

Sondjaja ended his Iowa State career with the third-best stroke average in Iowa State men’s golf history (72.78).

Voke finished his Cyclone career with school records in stroke average (71.89) and career victories (five).