ISU men’s golf near the top, but trail leader by 15 shots in Arizona

Mike Randleman

On paper, Arizona State’s Jon Rahm and Max Rotluff were expected to dominate at the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, and such was the case after two rounds.

The No. 2 and No. 17 golfers in Golfstat’s NCAA individual rankings proved why they are the best in the field by co-owning the individual lead at 11-under-par, eight shots clear of a pair of Nick’s – Nick Voke of Iowa State and Nick Thornton of Baylor.

Rahm’s and Rotluff’s efforts also put No. 3 Arizona State in a solid position to win with one round to go. The Sun Devils posted rounds of 277 and 267 to sit at 16-under-par, 14 shots ahead of Baylor.

No. 48 Iowa State sits in third place out of 14 teams, but are 15 shots behind Arizona State. The Cyclones posted totals of 281 and 278 for a one-under-par total of 559.

The aforementioned Voke posted two sub-70 rounds of 68 and 69 for a three-under-par total of 137. He is tied for third place, but a chance at medalist honors will be slim heading into the final round.

Joining Voke in the top 10 is Sam Daley. Coming off of a second-place finish in Iowa State’s previous event, the Desert Shootout on Mar. 21, Daley tallied rounds of 71 and 69 and is tied for 10th place out of 78 golfers.

Ruben Sondjaja was near the top five through 27 holes, but a four-over-par eight-hole closing stretch dropped him to a tie for 15th with rounds of 70 and 71.

Collin Foster is tied for 21st with rounds of 73 and 69. His second round was the lowest of his season.

Iowa State’s leader, Scott Fernandez, rounds out the starting lineup. He is tied for 26th, posting rounds of 72 and 71.

The third and final round is set to begin on April 4 at 11 a.m. CDT from Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. No. 48 Iowa State (-1) will be grouped with No. 14 Baylor (-3) and No. 3 Arizona State (-16).