ISU men’s golf descends leaderboard at Gopher Invitational to tie for ninth

Mike Randleman

If college tournaments were 18-hole events, the ISU men’s golf team would have made it a clean sweep at the Gopher Invitational, a two-day tournament hosted by the University of Minnesota.

Instead, the remaining 36 holes swept away the Cyclones as their first-round leads in both the team and medalist races were erased en route to a tie for ninth place and a missed opportunity for Nick Voke.

Through the first round, Iowa State was sitting pretty amidst a field that included nine Golfstat top-50 teams from 2014-2015. A 3-over-par score of 287 gave Iowa State a one-shot lead over Big 12 foe Oklahoma.

On the individual side, Nick Voke made only one bogey on the way to a 3-under-par 68 that also gave him a one-shot cushion.

Victory was by no means assured in either competition, but after round two, the team’s hopes at a title were already shot.

Scores of 302 and 303 in rounds two and three resigned Iowa State to tie in-state rival University of Iowa for ninth place in a field of 16. 

Voke would go on to finish in a tie for third out of 81 golfers, though nine shots separated him from the top.

Scores of 72 and 75 in the final two rounds for Voke matched or beat the field’s scoring average, but they paled in comparison to the 70-66 finish of medalist Max McGreevy of Oklahoma.

Iowa State will next compete at the Virginia Commonwealth Shootout on Sept. 21-22 in Richmond, Va.