ISU men’s golf team inside the coveted top five after one round at regionals

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Senior golfer Sam Daley works on his swing at practice on April 14.

Mike Randleman

With one of three rounds in the books at the Bremerton NCAA regional tournament, the ISU men’s golf team is in a position to advance to nationals.

14 teams are vying for five spots to go to nationals, as well as one individual spot for the lowest individual of a non-qualifying team, at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash.

No. 43 Iowa State finds itself inside the top five after a one-under-par round of 287 has it in a tie for fourth place, seven shots off the pace set by No. 30 Alabama-Birmingham

Leading the way for the Cyclones was senior Sam Daley, who has played his best golf of the season in recent weeks, placing in the top 25 in his last four events, including two runner-ups.

His form continued on Thursday as the Wynnum, Australia, native recorded a two-under-par round of 70.

Daley is tied for eighth place out of 75 golfers and is four shots behind Sean Crocker of South Carolina.

Also under-par in round one was sophomore Nick Voke, who is tied for 14th place with a 71.

Freshman Ruben Sondjaja was a par machine during his round, with one birdie and one bogey offsetting 16 pars for a score of 72. He is tied for 22nd place.

Iowa State’s fourth and final individual score counted for team scoring came from senior Scott Fernandez. His 74 has him in a tie for 37th place.

In 50th place with a score of 76 is redshirt junior Collin Foster.

In round two, Iowa State (-1) will be in an elite grouping as it will compete alongside the two highest-ranked teams in the field, No. 6 South Carolina (E) and No. 12 and host school, Washington (-1).

South Carolina and Washington combine for three of the top four rated individuals in the field according to Golfstat, including the highest-ranked individual, No. 4 Cheng-Tsung Pan of Washington.

Iowa State’s group will be the first to tee off on Friday, with the first threesome beginning at 8:20 a.m. PDT.