Fernandez on pace for second victory, ISU men’s golf in 11th

Mike Randleman

Making five birdies in a row won’t guarantee a player will lead a golf tournament, but it’s not a bad place to start.

Scott Fernandez did just that in round two of the National Invitational Tournament at the Catalina Course at OMNI Tucson National in Tucson, Ariz. to give himself a two-shot lead entering Monday’s final round.

His quintet of birdies were part of a six-under-par round of 66, which put the senior at eight-under-par through two rounds.

Fernandez is seeking his second victory of the 2014-2015 season and the fourth of his collegiate career.

Despite Fernandez’ performance, the rest of the No. 50 ISU men’s golf team has stagnated.

Iowa State is in 11th place out of 15 teams after a one-over-par team round of 283 to put the team at 12-over-par for the tournament.

The Cyclones improved upon their first round score by 10 shots, but were unable to move up from 10th place after round one due to improved scoring across the board in round two.

Leading the event at five-under-par is No. 21 California.

Sophomore Ruben Sondjaja is tied for 51st place out of 83 golfers after two rounds of 75. At six-over-par, he is fourteen shots behind Fernandez.

Iowa State’s two leaders from the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate on Feb. 22, senior Sam Daley and sophomore Nick Voke, are both tied for 55th place at seven-over-par after posting 74.

Redshirt junior Collin Foster is in 69th place at 10-over-par after a round of 80, though he is only competing as an individual.

After an 80 in round two, sophomore Jack Carter is tied for 74th place at 13-over-par.

The third and final round of the National Invitational Tournament is set for March 2.