Voke nearly misses chance at record, ISU men’s golf in third in South Carolina

Mike Randleman

Both Scott Fernandez and Nick Voke ended the day tied for second place, but the paths they took to get there were drastically different.

Fernandez, coming off of a victory at the National Invitational Tournament on March 2, picked up where he left off at the Myrtle Beach Holiday General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Monday.

The senior from Granada, Spain, hovered near the top of the leaderboard for much of the day and had just five holes of bogie or worse en route to posting rounds of 69 and 71 to reach four-under-par.

Voke, on the other hand, did not fare as well in the first round. The sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, limped in with two bogies in his final four holes for a 75.

His rough start continued with a bogie on his first hole (the course’s 11th hole) of round two, but Voke quickly caught fire. Voke played his middle 15 holes in nine-under-par to jump all the way to a tie for first late in the second round.

A bogie on his penultimate hole, No. 9, derailed a chance at an eight-under-par round of 64, which would have been the first eight-under-par round in school history. A 64 also would have tied teammate Ruben Sondjaja for low 18-hole score in school history.

Nonetheless, Voke’s brush with greatness, alongside Fernandez’s steady play, has No. 47/55 (Golfweek/Golfstat) Iowa State in third place out of 15 teams.

After a seven-over-par total of 583 (293+290), the Cyclones trail No. 55/52 North Carolina State by 12 shots. They are nine shots behind No. 27/25 North Florida.

Fernandez and Voke trail Jacob McBride of North Carolina State by two shots.

The third and final round is scheduled for Tuesday at The Dunes Club.