Cyclones finish 12th at The Prestige in California


Junior Nick Voke practices his putting on the team’s new putting green. The Iowa State golf team practiced on October 7th, 2015 at their new course.

Jack Bluhm

The Prestige at PGA West played host to six of the top-30 teams in the country in a field that included Iowa State.

Louisiana State took home first place with a 19-shot victory at the Greg Norman course in La Quinta, Cal., on Feb. 15-17. The Cyclones finished in 12th place, 52 shots behind the Tigers.

“Other than the Big 12, this is the tournament with the strongest field we will play in all season,” said ISU coach Andrew Tank. “There were a lot of good teams in this tournament, and although our play wasn’t quite up to our expectations, there were lots of positives to take away.” 

Iowa State struggled as a team in the opening round of the tournament, shooting a combined score of 303, but bounced back in the second round with a 20-shot improvement for a second-round total of 283.

This 20-shot improvement was lead by junior Nick Voke, who shot a five-under, 66 round. Voke’s 66 was tied for the best round of the day along with four other participants and was the lowest score he has posted all season.

“Everything just started clicking for me,” Voke said. “There are four categories of the game of golf: driving, short game, chipping and putting. All four categories were working for me that day. I was able to hit the ball close and then make the putt.”

Voke was the Cycloness best player of the week, tying for 23rd and leading the team in birdies made with 12 out of a total of 43, which tied him for 12th place individually.

Finishing two-over-par, Voke was not within reach of individual champion Zach Wright of LSU, who posted a total score of 12-under-par.

Junior Ruben Sondjaja and freshman Jon Hudson were Iowa State’s second and third best performers. Sondjaja posted scores of 76, 72 and 70. Improving each round and putting him in a tie for 34th.

Hudson shot a first round 78 along with a second and final round scores of 72. Hudson was able to tie for 48th and in doing so he was also able to set a new career-best finish for a tournament.

“Jon is a really solid player and did really well this past tournament,” said redshirt senior Collin Foster, who tied for 76th. “It’s really hard to play well in the spring as a freshman, but he put in a lot of hard work in the offseason. He’s also a really competitive guy and that competitiveness really came out of him in this tournament.”

The ISU men’s golf team will head back to Tucson, Ariz., to continue its season on Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at the National Invitational Tournament.