ISU men’s golf looking forward to spring season


Then-junior Nick Voke practices his chipping Oct. 7, 2015, at the ISU golf facility. 

Jack Bluhm

The long awaited three month break for college golf is over. The spring season is finally underway.

With this long break now over, the Cyclones are looking forward to getting their team back out on the courses and have high expectations for the spring season.

The Cyclones ended their fall season on a rather sour note, finishing 11th out of 14 teams in their last tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina. This was the team’s worst finish since the 2013 season.

However, they are ready to start the spring season on the right foot and they know what they have to do to make this season a good one.

“We’re always looking to play our best every tournament we are in,” said coach Andrew Tank. “I’m not really sure where that is going to put us, but if we can just get a consistent effort and really find who our five main guys are going to be, I think that we will accomplish our goal of reaching the postseason.”

Tank speculated that the team has the ability to make it to the postseason, especially behind the leadership of juniors Nick Voke and Ruben Sondjaja, but knows there are going to be challenges along the way.

“Nick and Ruben are two players who we are going to need to have big seasons,” Tank said. “They are two juniors who provide the experience we need for a relatively young team, if we are going to make it back to the national championship. It’s going to take some good play since we are in a lot of strong tournaments and we are on the outside looking in as of right now.”

The Cyclones are looking to make it back to their third straight national championship this season, and know they are going to need results in order to accomplish their goal.

“We would love it for us to be able to make it back to nationals,” Voke said. “I don’t think we have really played to our potential yet and I know when we do, we’ll start to see results. It’s always good to see the boys put in a lot of hard work and then have it pay off.”

Just like the spring weather here in Iowa, the spring season for golf can be a time of change. Sondjaja, said he can’t wait to see what’s in store this season and has his eye on the Big 12 Championship.

“The one thing that is especially going to be different about this season from the fall season is the schedule,” Sondjaja said. “In the fall there are only about four tournaments, compared to the nine or ten we are scheduled for this season. The early tournaments really set a good benchmark to see where we are at right now, so we can make improvements for bigger tournaments, like the Big 12 Championship. I know that course quite well, so my personal goal is to win the Big 12, but I know I will need to embrace failure to be prepared for it.”

Iowa State, currently ranked 112th by Golfweek, will be participating in its next tournament Feb. 15 at Prestige at PGA West out in LaQunita, California.